Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

WakeMed Blogs

Happy, Happy Baby Story

April 10, 2015

We are pleased to share that WakeMed has become the first hospital in the U.S. to successfully correct esophageal atresia – a rare condition in which a baby is born without part of his or her esophagus – without surgery. Traditionally, this condition is corrected by a difficult surgery, requiring lengthy hospitalization and an extensive recovery process. This non-invasive, breakthrough procedure was performed at Raleigh Campus last week on a seven-week-old baby girl who has been a patient in the NICU since birth.

Led by pediatric surgeon David Hoover, MD, a team of WakeMed’s interventional radiologists, neonatologists and others were able to use magnets placed by a catheter to repair the patient’s esophagus. The procedure, which was developed at the University of Chicago Medicine, was a complete success and thanks to the exceptional work of the WakeMed team, this baby girl who had been unable to swallow for the first seven weeks of her life is now eating normally and almost ready to go home.

Watch the story on WRAL.

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