Pediatric Surgery Division Helps Make Miracles Happen

Miracles happen every day at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Our Pediatric Surgery Division  performs more than 21,300 surgeries and procedures annually, ranging from minimally invasive surgery to repairing serious congenital malformations for children like Owen Harford.

Owen, who was one of our 2010 Miracle Kids, is a perfect example of the experienced surgical care Golisano Children’s Hospital can provide for children in the region. Even before Owen was born, his parents, who live in Brooktondale, near Ithaca, were meeting with Golisano Children’s Hospital’s chief of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Walter Pegoli, to discuss how best to prepare for the complications Owen might experience. Thanks to the family-centered care Dr. Pegoli and his team provided for the Harfords, everyone was poised and ready when Owen arrived with a rare congenital defect called gastroschisis in which his intestines formed outside of his body.  Watch as Owen’s mom April shares what happened when her son Owen was born or read Owen’s full story here.

As the breadth of the region we serve grows, so do the numbers of surgical cases and their complexity, and the need to continue to attract and retain surgical specialists. There is a critical need to teach and train the next generation of pediatric surgeons. As part of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s capital campaign, we’re focused on enhancing programs and services in seven key areas, including our pediatric surgery program. With your help, we will focus on developing minimally invasive surgical techniques, recruit more talented surgeons, and equip new facilities and operating rooms for our patients. Read more about our plans to enhance our pediatric surgery program, and how you can help.

In the spirit of the Miracle Month of May, we invite you to check out some of the incredible stories about children who have been treated by our hospital’s Pediatric Surgery Division. Below, you’ll see the lively faces of Leah McAdamHailey ConiberTaylor RandallMichelle Plotzker and Tristan Lewis. We’ll let the stories of these Miracle Kids speak for themselves, but as you pore over these incredible true stories of trials, tribulations, hopes and successes, think about tens of thousands of children we treat each year, whose stories have not been shared, and the many more patients who have yet to come through our doors.

Which of these stories about amazing kids resonated most with you?

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