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Like any baby, Laila was a miracle to her parents. And because they learned she was on the way just after adopting their son, she was a special surprise.

During Laila’s 6-month checkup, doctors discovered that the soft spot on her head, the flexible material between her skull bones, had hardened. The condition, called craniosynostosis, can interfere with brain growth.

So, at just 9 months old, Laila had a nine-hour operation with a neurosurgeon and plastic surgeon to reconstruct her skull. After a short stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Laila went home. And now, this 8-year-old has a wonderful personality and a zest for life.

Much of the equipment in the PICU, including ventilators and infusion pumps used during Laila’s recovery, were provided with generous donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. Her parents could stay by her side thanks to comfort items such as futons and recliners that were provided with donations.
Image of Laila by the river