15 oz. at birth, baby home after 142 days in NICU.
Plainfield baby owes life to doctor who later gave his own
By Tony Graf
August 9, 2012
Emily Kaczanko weighed less than a pound when she was born 13 weeks premature in January.
She spent 142 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Edward Hospital in Naperville. She was diagnosed with a serious intestinal condition, and her life was in danger, her father said.
Then, Dr. Donald Liu and his team performed two crucial surgeries. A few weeks after the second surgery, Emily’s parents brought her home to Plainfield for the first time.
Liu had helped save a life.
He saved children’s lives on a regular basis.
And Sunday, he saved two more children’s lives during a rescue on Lake Michigan — before he drowned when a rip current swept him away.
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