During the State of the Union address last night, President Trump spoke about how “America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs,” spotlighting Ellie Schneider, who was born in 2017 at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Schneider was born at 21 weeks and six days, and weighed less than one pound. “Through the skill of her doctors – and the prayers of her parents – little Ellie kept on winning the battle for life,” Trump said. “Today, Ellie is a strong, healthy 2-year-old girl sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the gallery.” Trump called on Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neo-natal research for America's youngest patients. AHA Board Chair Melinda Estes, M.D., is president and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System, which includes Saint Luke’s Hospital.   

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