A look inside the lives of hospitalized children and their families

March 13, 2018
  • 3-year-old Maverick Koll, wearing his favorite “Wild Kratts” goggles and a dinosaur-themed outfit, grips the handlebars of his new tricycle in glee and excitement.
    3-year-old Maverick Koll, wearing his favorite “Wild Kratts” goggles and a dinosaur-themed outfit, grips the handlebars of his new tricycle in glee and excitement. “Despite all that Maverick has been through in his short life, he has persevered and has always remained a strong-willed, loving and happy soul.” –Maverick’s mother, Niki
  • “Madilyn was intubated on a ventilator for 36 days and was not able to feed by mouth for 42 days total. This photo captures the moment when we were finally able to start bottle feeding again.”
    “Madilyn was on a ventilator for 36 days and was not able to feed by mouth for 42. This photo captures the moment we were finally able to start bottle feeding again.” -Madilyn's parents
  • Nathalia after a chemotherapy treatment
    "This photo represents so much: strength, determination, hope. Strength, because Nathalia has endured so much. Determination, because she will not allow this cancer to define her life. Hope, because she knows this is just part of the journey on the road to defeating this ‘beast.’” Nathalia's mother, Kathryn
  • Eddie Kunze
    Eddie was diagnosed with heart failure and needed constant medication via a PICC line. "This picture was taken on day 266, when Eddie was momentarily disconnected from the PICC line and jumped out of bed to run around the room. [It] shows how he truly felt about constantly being connected to an IV.” -Eddie's mother, Christina
  • Juliette Marie
    Even simple movements are difficult for children with Hurler syndrome. "At physical therapy, we were always looking for fun ways to have Juliette raise her arms. Bubbles were a hit every time!” -Juliette's mother, Natalie
  • Corah and Emmah
    “Emmah was so concerned for her baby sister that she started to cry when they took Corah away for her procedure. When we were finally able to see Corah again, Emmah asked for a stool... I tried to help her, but she pushed me away and said ‘No, me do, Mom.’ It meant the world [us] to see how much love Emmah had for her baby sister.” -Chelsee Ohlquist, mother
  • Wyatt, Harper, and Alexander Zavala
    Triplets Wyatt, Harper and Alexander were delivered 9 weeks early. "This photo represents the first time I was able to hold all three of my babies together. It was a moment in time I will never forget.” -Kari and Jaime Zavala, parents

A therapeutic photography project at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has given families a chance to capture the profound moments of day-to-day life in the hospital.

And for those on the outside, it’s an opportunity to be moved by the deeply personal sorrows—and triumphs—of families with children who are hospitalized for a severe or chronic health condition.

Each family that took part in the “Perspectives” photo project was asked to describe the significance of one photo featured in the exhibit. These are the pictures they chose.

See the full story and images at M Health.

Additionally, the Star Tribune profiled the project in a March 28, 2018 story and video.