No one expected Lars to survive. After an emergency caesarean section at just 27 weeks to save his mother’s life, doctors thought Lars might live just a day or two. Lars had other ideas. At five days old, he was moved to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he had his first surgery—the first of many this little fighter would face. Born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid builds up in the brain, Lars needed a shunt to divert the fluid into his stomach. He also needed three more surgeries to close a hole in his intestine and enable him to properly digest milk.