52 Days in NICU: A Father and his Son

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About Mark Brislin

Mark Brislin and his wife Maria are the proud parents of Owen, born in August 2011 with a life threatening birth defect known as a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). They spent 54 days in the NICU at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in New York City watching their boy fight for his life. On the 54th day Owen came home to Northern NJ. Now that he's handled his own bout with Post Traumatic Stress, Mark is ready to share his experience and help other Dads cope with life in and after the NICU.


  1. Thank you for this story.

  2. From one CDH dad to another I hear you. Just reading this brings back all the terms that dominated my life for those weeks- pre sat, post sat, venovenous vs. venoarterial ecmo etc etc etc…

    My son came home after 12 weeks in the NICU back in 2008. We went to Shands UF to see Dr. David Kays. He was a CDH guru at the time and may still be. For any parents to be with a CDH diagnosis you may want to check out http://www.realhelpforcdh.com for information and resources about this birth defect.

    • Thanks for the reply. Dr Kay’s has an amazing record with CDH kids. He learned from two of the pioneers in CDH treatment. Dr. Wung was part of my son’s medical team while he was in the NICU and Dr. Stolar performed his surgery. Dr Stolar recently left MSCHONY to take on a similar position in California.


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