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Aug 31, 2017
Clark Nash Hillestad was born on July 28th at 3:47am weighing 7 lbs 2 0z at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis MN. The reason he was born at Children's Hospital was due to a couple different heart issues including tricuspid atresia, transposition of the great arteries and a small arotic arch. Thankfully we did know about this prior to him being born, due to great care and Glacial Ridge Health System hospital, St. Cloud Hospital, and Children's Hospital. Because of these issues he will have three major heart surgeries with the end goal of making his left ventricle do the job of what two ventricles normally do. We have been able to see this little guy the whole journey as we have had multiple ultrasounds (16 to be exact) along the way to make sure he was progressing okay. Surgery wasn't until Wednesday, August 2nd when he was just 5 days old. Prior to that we were in the NICU and then transferred to the cardiovascular ICU. We were lucky enough to get a few days in of snuggling which is by far his favorite thing to do; we just had to watch out for a lot of IV lines while doing so. He looks so much like his older brother Ollie (2 years old) and they were able to meet, and I am not kidding they did the Hillestad high five which was awesome to see. Well Ollie did while Clark had his hand out (haha). But our family is very blessed and thankful that he is here and has been given such great care, he has been making progress which is all anyone can ask for.