Hazel's heroes

Three year-old Hazel Norris has intractable epilepsy. With the help of a team of nurses, she has around-the-clock monitoring to care for her frequent seizures. Her nurses are part of an under-the-radar network of home health care that many Minnesota families with chronic health needs depend on. 

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Hazel Norris, 3, plays in her basement at home in Otsego on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Nurse Rachael Hatcher plays with Hazel Norris while giving her medicines and fluids. Hatcher is with Hazel four days a week.
Hazel Norris kisses her dog, Diesel, at the family home.
Nurse Rachael Hatcher administers medication through Hazel Norris' G-tube after changing it.
Nurse Rachael Hatcher holds onto Hazel Norris and counts while Hazel has a seizure in the basement of her home.
Hazel Norris waits for the school bus with nurse Rachael Hatcher outside her home before preschool.
Hazel Norris attends preschool at Otsego Elementary School with her nurse Rachael Hatcher.
Hazel Norris dances and jumps with the help of teacher Kristin Rutz, left, and assistant Connie Kain during preschool at Otsego Elementary School
Hazel Norris attends preschool at Otsego Elementary School with her nurse Rachael Hatcher.
Hazel Norris shows off her doll with a gastrostomy tube, or G-tube, during preschool show-and-tell while sitting on teacher Kristin Rutz's lap.
Hazel Norris rides home on the bus after preschool at Otsego Elementary School with her nurse Rachael Hatcher.
Hazel Norris with with her nurse Rachael Hatcher after school.
Nurse Rachael Hatcher rocks Hazel Norris to sleep for her nap after lunch.
A framed photo of Hazel and her nurses sits on Hazel's dresser in her room.
Hazel dances with her sister Elsie, 5, in the kitchen before dinner on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Gina Norris prepares medications for her daughter, Hazel.
Hazel gets a kiss from her sister, Elsie, 5, in the kitchen before Elsie leaves for a softball game.
Hazel and her mom, Gina, play with their dog, Diesel, during dinner.
Gina holds Hazel after a bath, shortly before bedtime.
As Hazel sleeps, her mother Gina stays close by to watch and make sure she is safe until night nurse Mary Moore arrives for the overnight shift at 10 p.m.
Night nurse Mary Moore looks over data in Hazel's charts as she starts her overnight shift at 10 p.m. sitting close by as Hazel sleeps in her bed at left.