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Right-Sized Surgical Care Times Two

October 15, 2018

Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale—the nation’s newest children’s hospital—has been open for business since January. And it’s already changed the lives of children in Northwest Arkansas. 

Children like 7-month-old twins River and Landry Barenberg. 

The twins’ mom Kourtni first became concerned when Landry couldn’t keep any milk down. He was spitting up constantly—and missing out on nutrition critical for his development. 

“His doctors thought he had acid reflux. It wasn't acid reflux. It wasn't his formula,” says Kourtni. After more testing, it was discovered Landry had pyloric stenosis, an uncommon condition in infants in which the opening between the stomach and small intestine is too narrow to allow food to pass through and digest properly.   

But thanks to the generosity of donors like you, the family had a place to turn for specialized pediatric care. Kourtni was referred to Arkansas Children’s Northwest, where she discovered Landry would need surgery at only a few months old.  

With the compassion and excellence of the surgical team at ACNW, Landry’s surgery was successful.  

After surgery and a few days in the hospital, Landry was able to return home to his big sister and twin, River. But two weeks later, Kourtni was back. River had begun spitting up constantly just like his brother, and, astonishingly, was diagnosed with the same complication.  

Because of your support, River and Landry were able to receive treatment in a specialized pediatric surgery center designed just for them. The twin brothers are now thriving and their mother is thankful her babies were able to receive care close to home. 

"I've said over and over to all of my family and friends that I am so thankful for this hospital,” Kourtni says. “I’m glad to know that it’s right here and only a 45-minute drive away.” 

(With reporting by Hilary Hunt, KNWA)

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