Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns
  1. Many Happy Returns
    One-year-old Elias will never remember all the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who took care of him for the first five months of his life, but his parents, Gabriela and Rogelio Ramirez, will never forget…
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Many Happy Returns

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Released: 5-Oct-2017 4:30 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

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Newswise — One-year-old Elias will never remember all the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who took care of him for the first five months of his life, but his parents, Gabriela and Rogelio Ramirez, will never forget them.

Elias was born at just 22 weeks − tiny, with almost translucent skin − and doctors at his local hospital in Stockton had him rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

“I’m so happy they made that decision,” Gabriela says. “That’s why I have my baby now.”

Every year, our Oakland NICU team cares for more than 400 babies like Elias − infants barely clinging to life. As a regional referral center for neonatal intensive care, the hospital also serves full-term babies with congenital abnormalities that require surgery, as well as babies that are devastatingly ill.

At 3 weeks old, Elias needed surgery to repair his intestines, followed by laser eye surgery to treat abnormal vessels that were threatening his retinas.

He was also treated for bleeding in his brain and experienced…

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