March 3, 2013
Elijah Leffingwell made his first trip to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) before he was born, where he underwent fetal surgery at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. In a complex operation that took place just halfway through his mother's pregnancy, fetal surgeon N. Scott Adzick, MD took Elijah partly out of the womb to remove a mass the size of an orange from his lung.
Two months later, Elijah was born in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at CHOP. He underwent additional surgeries and spent nine weeks in the Hospital before returning home to Wisconsin, where FOX 6 featured his story.