Kids Health Matters

My Gillette Story by Betsy Keil
Nov 25, 2015

My Gillette Story by Betsy Keil

I was born 10 weeks early, and as a result spent the first seven weeks of my life in an incubator. Six days after I was born, my pediatrician told my family that there was a possibility that I had cerebral palsy (CP).
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“She Doesn’t Let Epilepsy Define Her”
Nov 19, 2015

“She Doesn’t Let Epilepsy Define Her”

Aryssa’s journey started several years ago. We knew from the time she was very young that something just wasn’t “right.” Aryssa started attending an early childhood special education preschool when she was 3, and that’s when we first heard about the possibility of epilepsy.
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Celebrating and Supporting Families in Rural Minnesota
Nov 19, 2015

Celebrating and Supporting Families in Rural Minnesota

Children who are born with a disability, or who experience a traumatic injury, come from all walks of life and hail from all types of communities. All have one commonality: they need easy access to specialized medical care to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible.
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Six Signs Your Baby Might Have a Birth Brachial Plexus Injury
Nov 17, 2015

Six Signs Your Baby Might Have a Birth Brachial Plexus Injury

Occasionally, a difficult labor and delivery can result in a birth brachial plexus injury, a relatively rare condition that affects roughly four infants in 1,000 per year. Gillette orthopedic surgeon Ann Van Heest, M.D., explains what a birth brachial plexus injury is, the signs and symptoms to look for, and treatment options.
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Health Insurance: Pick the Plan That Fits Your Family
Nov 13, 2015

Health Insurance: Pick the Plan That Fits Your Family

If you or a family member needs frequent medical care, due to a disability or chronic health condition, your policy decision can be especially important—and, in some cases, especially confusing. Carefully weigh your options before you pick a plan.
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Veterans Answer the Calling to Serve
Nov 11, 2015

Veterans Answer the Calling to Serve

Rob Wagner, M.D., says he’s never felt comfortable when people thank him for his military service. “I’m embarrassed,” he admits. “I was never shot at, and I never shot at anyone. So my experience is different than many others’.”
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Pioneering Treatment at Gillette Gives Cooper Independence
Nov 10, 2015

Pioneering Treatment at Gillette Gives Cooper Independence

Cooper Wilson recently sat on the bench at the Minnesota Wild Hockey game as part of the franchise’s “Bench Buddies” program. As recently as two years ago, Cooper was barely able to button his own shirt, let alone have the strength and energy to attend a hockey game.
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Meet Braxton’s Pen Pals from Around the World!
Nov 3, 2015

Meet Braxton’s Pen Pals from Around the World!

Last week we introduced you to 8-year-old Braxton and his mom, Molly.The family—who lives in the small northern Minnesota town of Hibbing—reached out to Gillette in hopes of finding Braxton, who has dwarfism, a pen pal who also has dwarfism and is around Braxton’s age.
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Meet Us Monday - Mary Matteson, Registered Nurse
Nov 2, 2015

Meet Us Monday - Mary Matteson, Registered Nurse

I have worked at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare as a registered nurse in the Surgery department for over 25 years. My current role is working as one of the Surgery department charge nurses.
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Why Those “Best Doctors” Lists Matter for Your Child
Oct 27, 2015

Why Those “Best Doctors” Lists Matter for Your Child

We’ve all seen them on newsstands: magazines touting the “Top Doctors,” “Best Doctors,” and similar accolades for physicians in countless different specialties. But what do they really mean? And more importantly, do they matter?
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Support Kids Like Dalen During Dwarfism Awareness Month!
Oct 20, 2015

Support Kids Like Dalen During Dwarfism Awareness Month!

Did you know that October is Dwarfism Awareness Month? My family would love it if you wore green on October 25, which is International Dwarfism Awareness Day, to show your support.…
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