Kinsey and Kailee Scott (Submitted photo)
Kinsey and Kailee Scott’s superheroes are Dr. Dan Guillaume and the entire team of doctors at Amplatz.
"Kinsey and Kailee Scott are monoamniotic-monochorionic twins who were born at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. They were born at 31 weeks gestation and, with them being mono-mono twins, had a 50 percent chance of survival. Kailee was born with many complications, such as an encephalocele, a rare neural tube defect that causes parts of the brain and the membranes that surround it to protrude out of the skull. Both babies were given oxygen to help them breathe right away. They were 3 lbs., 14.4 oz. each.
On day 2, Kailee underwent her first surgery to remove the encephalocele. The surgery lasted four hours, and her recovery time was even longer, making it a very harrowing time. Shortly thereafter, Kailee underwent a second surgery at 9 days old to have a subgaleo shunt placed to help drain the excess fluid off her brain and to help alleviate the pressure. We were duly informed of the possible complications of each surgery: paralysis, neurologic problems, developmental delays, mental and growth retardation, and the list goes on.
We were terrified but instilled complete faith and trust in their doctors, especially Dr. Guillaume. He was friendly, personable, and genuine when he informed us on how Kailee was doing and told us to never be hesitant to ask any questions, any at all. He personally made the phone call to inform us that Kailee was in her recovery room and that she would be going back to the NICU in a few short minutes. We avoided all possible complications of the surgeries, except for hydrocephalus. It was a long and stressful time for all of us, but the doctors and nursees made it much more comfortable, more relaxed than we could have ever expected.
Kinsey, on the other hand, had a small heart defect called a VSD, but that’s expected to clear up within no time. :)
We want to extend our deepest graitude to the entirety of the U of M Amplatz Children's Hospital. They say that in the eyes of a child, a mother is the closest thing to a superhero you can get, but in complete truth, it goes to the doctors I can remember: Dr. Thomas George, Dr. Julie Bennett, Dr. Yana Nagle, Dr. Raghavendra Rao, Dr. Phillip Rauk, Dr. Jessica Nyholm, Dr. Daniel Landers, Dr. Daniel Guillaume, Dr. Leah Kann, Dr. Cornelius Lam, and everyone else who I may have missed. All of you saved my daughters' lives, and for that, you are all our superheroes. When they ask, I'm going to tell them the exact truth--that they are here because of the U of M Amplatz Children's Hospital."