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Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis at 80 Brings George Fedor Peace
Dec 16, 2016

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis at 80 Brings George Fedor Peace

84-year-old George Fedor is a storyteller. But the one story that George couldn’t tell had to do with one question: What is wrong with the left side of my body?
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Pioneering Spine Surgery at Gillette Helps Joshua Ride a Bike
Dec 13, 2016

Pioneering Spine Surgery at Gillette Helps Joshua Ride a Bike

Joshua, a 10-year-old who has congenital scoliosis, dreamed of one day riding a bike. Learn about the groundbreaking surgery that straightened his severely curved spine, improving his independence and giving him the opportunity for a full childhood.
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Why I’m Here: For My Sister, for My Patients
Dec 8, 2016

Why I’m Here: For My Sister, for My Patients

When I work with my patients, something that comes out over time is that I understand the profound stress and anxiety that can come with caring for a child who has complex medical needs. I know this because I’ve devoted my career to working with patients who have disabilities, but also because I’ve lived it.
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Walker Overcomes Craniosynostosis
Nov 15, 2016

Walker Overcomes Craniosynostosis

When Walker's parents and pediatrician became concerned about the shape of his head, their questions led to a diagnosis of craniosynostosis. Learn how a new surgical technique eliminated the need for a blood transfusion during Walker's craniosynostosis surgery.
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Emmy Makes Comeback After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor
Nov 11, 2016

Emmy Makes Comeback After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

Small, gregarious, brimming with boundless energy and a mischievous smile, 4-year-old Emmy Veenis is the type of kid people tend to remember. But Emmy started having headaches.
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The Journey of Mateo Arcos: Hope, Love and Cerebral Palsy
Nov 2, 2016

The Journey of Mateo Arcos: Hope, Love and Cerebral Palsy

As he ambles down a long hospital hallway, smiling with every step and practically daring you to do the same, it can be pretty easy to forget that this wasn't supposed happen. Mateo Arcos was never supposed to walk.
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“Facetime” With Your Doctor through Telemedicine
Oct 20, 2016

“Facetime” With Your Doctor through Telemedicine

For children like Ava who live in greater Minnesota or outside the state, appointments at Gillette can involve hours of drive time and nights spent in a hotel. All that can add up. Meet Ava and learn how Gillette is helping families like hers by expanding its telemedicine services.
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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.
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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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