When baby Juliana Salvi’s parents first brought her home, they fed her milk, just as most parents would do. But unbeknownst to her parents, Juliana actually had galactosemia – a severe allergy to milk. Pretty soon it became clear that something wasn’t right.
As a blizzard raged outside, lab technicians with the New England Newborn Screening Program decided to trek through the storm to get a sample of baby Juliana’s blood for testing.
As soon as Juliana’s parents got a call from the lab informing them that their baby had tested positive for the rare allergy, they rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Juliana, who is now 8 weeks old, is doing just fine, thanks in no small part to the lab technicians who bundled up and braved the storm to help her.
Image by: Dave S