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Maisie's Story

Baby Maisie needed surgery at 2 days old. See how you help kids like Maisie beat the odds!

Dr. Evan Nadler first met Maisie when she was two days old. She was born with a malformation of her esophagus and would need three surgeries, the first one immediately, to insert a feeding tube into her stomach. Dr. Nadler discovered an additional challenge during that surgery: Maisie had a congenital defect called tracheoesophageal fistula where the top part of her esophagus and her windpipe were connected.

"We gave her a few months to grow and get stronger," Dr. Nadler says. He made plans for two more surgeries to correct the condition, connect her esophagus to her stomach and close the feeding tube incision. 

Finally, at 4 months old, on Thanksgiving Day, Maisie went home to recuperate. Her family was thrilled, and eager to help her learn how to drink from a bottle! 

Today, Maisie is a happy 6-year-old. She loves learning, drawing and hiking in Rock Creek Park. 

Maisie's mom, Alexandra, says Children's National Hospital made her baby whole. "They connected with her and allowed her to be happy and healthy," she says. 

Thank you for supporting compassionate care for children like Maisie. Her family is forever grateful.