Part 5 : In October, Tribuna Sanford’s 2-month birthday passed without celebration. The little foundling had been ill for a few weeks. The doctor blamed a change in diet. It seemed certain that the girl would recover soon.

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Tribuna Ill on Birthday

Mrs. Sanford Says Tiny Adopted Daughter Gaining Weight, However.
Tribuna Sanford, the infant so strangely deserted in the confectionery store of Mrs. Mary Sanford, 3401 Lyndale avenue south, was two months old yesterday.
There was no celebration of the event as Tribuna was ill, but her condition was much improved last night. There was nothing very serious the matter with her, just didn’t feel well, and the doctor says that the change of food had not agreed with her. She has been sick for the last two weeks and yet she seems to thrive, as Mrs. Sanford says that she is gaining in weight.
Friends of the little mite presented her with a baby ring, a silver spoon, shoes, clothing and blankets. She is doing very well, thank you, and it is expected that she will have fully recovered in a few days.
Alas, a change in diet was not to blame. On Nov. 5, the Tribune reported this heart-breaking development:


Three Tumors Removed from the Baby’s Body.
Tribuna Sanford, not 3 months old, underwent an operation at St. Barnabas hospital Tuesday. Three tumors, one on the breast and two on the back, were removed and the operation was pronounced successful.
She is now back at her comfortable little home, 3401 Lyndale avenue, where her foster mother is tenderly caring for her wounds. In spite of her sufferings, Tribuna was on hand to greet early callers yesterday with her sweet little smile.
She has about recovered from the effects of the trying ordeal. Tribuna will be three months old Saturday. She now weighs 12 pounds and is reported to be gaining steadily in weight.

Surgery circa 1915: A patient at St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis is surrounded by doctors and nurses, most of whom appear to be observers, none of whom were wearing masks.

"The watchful crowd in the balcony," according to the caption accompanying the photo, "is most likely composed of hospital benefactors and community dignitaries. It was not uncommon for hospitals to perform exposition surgeries when the surgeon was famed for successfully completing a new or difficult procedure or when the surgical case was unusual. A portion of this photograph around the patient has been purposely obscured by the photographer, but judging by the small size of the leg being held by one of the attending physicians it is likely this operation is being performed on a child."

(Image courtesy of Metropolitan Medical Center Historical Library)


More to come ... Part 6: A happy Christmas.

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Sept. 7, 1909: Tribuna is a thriving tot

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Aug. 8, 1900: Blame it on the watermelon