Why I give: Emily Paulson

November 5, 2018

As a nurse in neurosurgery at Sanford Medical Center Fargo, Emily Paulson gives each patient her full attention because she loves her job. She loves helping people at Sanford Health because Sanford Health helped her.

“I have had a special connection with Meritcare/Sanford since I was born,” Paulson said. “I spent the first 23 days of my life in the neonatal intensive care unit, and I have also been a patient in our amazing Children’s Hospital.”

Paulson was born in 1991, struggling to breathe. The neonatal team at Sanford worked quickly to open her airway and save her life. She was diagnosed with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face.

Despite enduring 20 surgeries in her lifetime, Paulson maintains a positive attitude and was even inspired by her patient experience to become a donor to Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo.

“I give back in appreciation for the exceptional care I received from Sanford’s incredible nurses, physicians and support staff,” Paulson said.


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