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Zoey Start Had Surgery at 6 Days Old – at 13 Days Old, She Was Home

“We are the family we are today because of Baystate”, says Zoey’s mom.

Category: Pediatrics

Tim and Kim Start’s excitement about expecting twin daughters was soon tempered with concerning news. During Kim’s 20-week check-up, imaging showed a large mass in the chest of one of her twins.

Kim says, “We learned our baby had or a hole in her diaphragm (called a congenital diaphragmatic hernia), which caused her intestine to grow into her chest.”

With only a fifty percent survival rate, the Starts trusted their family’s well-being to the NICU team at Baystate Children’s Hospital. And six days after Zoey was born, four tiny incisions were made to surgically repair her diaphragmatic hernia.

Seven years and lots of love later, Kim says, “We are the family we are today because of Baystate.”