McKinnley’s Story

Miracles happen every day at American Family Children’s Hospital. And McKinnley was certainly one of them. Born 8-weeks premature with an incredibly complex heart defect, McKinnley spent a lot of time in our NICU before she was big enough for the open heart surgery she needed to correct a transposition of her arteries. 

“It was incredibly heartbreaking to have such a small child in your hands and not know what the outcome will be,” says dad Jeff. “Surgery felt like forever, the longest 5-6 hours of my life, but McKinnley made it through. Now she’s four and oblivious to what happened to her.”

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