News Release

First-year student succeeds after rough start in life

Sunday, May 17, 2009

First-year student Alicia Shuman is succeeding against all odds.

Born premature at less than two pounds, Shuman avoided the fate of some "micro-preemies" -- including deafness, blindness, lung problems and brain damage -- and is now pursuing a degree in nursing.

The Eden Prairie, Minn. native and others were featured in People magazine, the St. Cloud Times and other publications.

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The People magazine story includes photos of Shuman as an an infant and as a Husky Hockey cheerleader.

The micro-preemies were cared for by Ronald Hoekstra, a Children’s Hospital of Minnesota neonatal-perinatal physician who released a follow-up study on his patients this spring.

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