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Patient Stories

A Legacy of Strength and Smiles
Sep 28, 2016

A Legacy of Strength and Smiles

As a child in the 1940s, Lyn Baier traveled with her mother by bus from the family farm in southwestern Minnesota to the old Gillette building near Lake Phalen in St. Paul. She spent months away from home getting treatment for her deformed right leg. "You would think being away from my family as a child would be a sad time in my life—but it wasn’t," Baier recalls. "The other Gillette patients helped me to overcome challenges with strength and a smile.”
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Jackson Defies Gravity with ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton
Sep 21, 2016

Jackson Defies Gravity with ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton

Jackson sustained a spinal cord injury when he was 16 years old. The injury thrust Jackson, who stands a tall 6’2’’, into a new reality of life in a wheelchair. But instead of giving up, Jackson made the decision to embrace his new reality. Now he's taking to his feet once more with help from the ReWalk robotic exoskeleton.
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Back to School Sleep Opens Eyes on Facebook
Sep 15, 2016

Back to School Sleep Opens Eyes on Facebook

Gillette recently hosted a Facebook Live video Q&A featuring John Garcia, MD, sleep medicine specialist, about back-to-school sleep issues. Learn more and watch the discussion.
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Family Speaks Out on Dangers of Drinking and Driving
Aug 23, 2016

Family Speaks Out on Dangers of Drinking and Driving

As the Bodell family returned home from an afternoon of bowling, an intoxicated driver plowed into their car. Three-year-old Havana Bodell sustained a spinal cord injury. Less than a year later, the family is speaking out about the dangers of driving under the influence.
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Steven Koop, MD, Has Put Patients First for 30 Years
Aug 19, 2016

Steven Koop, MD, Has Put Patients First for 30 Years

For 30 years, Steven Koop, MD, has believed that all of medicine is about "Someone who says, 'Help,' and someone in the other chair to say, 'That's my work. To help you.'"
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Redefining Colten’s Childhood After Mystery Illness
Aug 16, 2016

Redefining Colten’s Childhood After Mystery Illness

Colten's family thought he'd come down with the stomach flu. Then his illness became something much more severe. Learn how a Gillette pediatric neurologist and Colten’s rehabilitation team helped him reclaim his childhood.
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Girl Scout’s Greatest Achievement is Being a Kid
Aug 11, 2016

Girl Scout’s Greatest Achievement is Being a Kid

Born a micro preemie weighing less than one pound, Ava came to Gillette when she began missing milestones. See how far this active 9-year-old has come as a result of treatments informed by gait and motion analysis data.
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What Happens When You Have Your First Seizure
Aug 3, 2016

What Happens When You Have Your First Seizure

Even eight years later, George Jamison clearly remembers the moment. He was with his older brother, Jack, at summer camp, having the type of fun that only 8 and 10-year-olds can. Then everything went black. When he awoke, a lot had changed.
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Darius’ Remarkable Journey from Lithuania to Minnesota
Jul 26, 2016

Darius’ Remarkable Journey from Lithuania to Minnesota

Darius, who spent the first six years of his life in an orphanage in the city of Vilnius, was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. His dad shares their adoption experience, cultural differences and talks about the support they received from Gillette along the way.
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A Promise to Her Dad Motivates Maria Renata
Jun 16, 2016

A Promise to Her Dad Motivates Maria Renata

Seven-year-old Maria Renata Sanchez Diaz traveled 1,600 miles from her home in Mexico City to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare as part of her plan to keep a promise to her dad.
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Saving Ahriana After Near-Tragic Accident
Jun 8, 2016

Saving Ahriana After Near-Tragic Accident

"Don't think it won't happen to you," says Ahriana's mom, Cassie Sonnentag. Ahriana sustained serious injuries when a TV fell on her in a terrible accident. See how her family's quick action and care from the Level I Pediatric Trauma Center saved her life.
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