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Patient Stories

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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Gillette Family Makes “Field of Dreams” a Reality
May 26, 2016

Gillette Family Makes “Field of Dreams” a Reality

The Feyereisen family built a sandlot field in their backyard to inspire inclusiveness and teach kindness among their triplet sons, who have varying degrees of disabilities, and their friends. It's come to resemble a real-life "Field of Dreams."
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“My Body was Haunted” – Ali’s Recovery from Chronic Pain
May 17, 2016

“My Body was Haunted” – Ali’s Recovery from Chronic Pain

Even after an injury heals, sometimes an imprint of it can remain. How this happens varies from person to person. But for some individuals, like Ali Tokkesdal, it manifests in the form of chronic pain. “I couldn’t walk. It felt like my body had turned against me, like it was haunted,” says Ali.
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Maddy’s Life Without Barriers
Apr 26, 2016

Maddy’s Life Without Barriers

Maddy’s mom describes her as “a warrior” — and rightly so. Maddy has spina bifida. But she also has much more: extraordinary compassion, a keen sense of humor, and a vibrant personality. Meet Maddy and learn why she’s excited to represent Gillette during the Walk & Roll 3K on June 18, 2016.
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Hunter Overcomes Bullying with a Little Help from His Friends
Apr 15, 2016

Hunter Overcomes Bullying with a Little Help from His Friends

When Stacy Soman’s son Hunter started being bullied consistently last year, this question came up more and more. “When your kid starts coming home with bruises, it’s hard not to say: ‘You know what, maybe you should hit back, and they’ll leave you alone.’ Many children would take that advice, but not Hunter."
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Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy
Mar 29, 2016

Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy

"Every step Sophia takes is a testament to the countless dedicated individuals who made it possible," says her mother, Susan Slinkard. Last summer, Sophia and her family traveled from Arkansas to Minnesota for major neurosurgery aimed at reducing Sophia's spasticity.
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