Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Hunter's Story
Hunter Jungling, a little boy from Aplington, Iowa, was born with a complicated birth defect called cloacal exstrophy, a condition in which many of his internal organs were on the outside of his body.
After exhaustively researching several treatment options for her son at local hospitals and on the east coast, Hunter's mother, Joleen, learned about Dennis Lund, MD, one of the very few pediatric surgeons in the world who specialize in Hunter's medical problem.
After five surgeries, Dr. Lund, American Family Children's Hospital surgeon-in-chief, has helped Hunter become much more like other children his age, playing around his home and enjoying preschool.
"It takes a tremendous amount of reconstructive surgery to get children such as Hunter back to where they can live a normal life - and that's the goal," says Dr. Lund.
"Dr. Lund had the whole package," Joleen says. "He knew all about Hunter's birth defect, and he has been so compassionate and respectful of us as people. This is the best hospital we've been to, and we've been to a lot."