Stories of Getting Better from the Neuroscience Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado


Austin: Rodeo Boy's Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Austin is an award-winning junior bull rider, a sport that almost cost him his life. After being bucked and trampled by a bull Austin was flown directly to Children's Hospital Colorado to receive a three-team relay surgery to repair the brain damage he had suffered.

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Paige: Brain Surgery Stops Paige’s Seizures

Paige had her first epileptic seizure in the summer of 2008. After being airlifted to Children's Colorado from her hometown in Nebraska, surgeons performed a delicate brain surgery which left her seizure-free. According to her mother, Amy, "Children's saved Paige's life."

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Justin: Seizure-Free After Brain Surgery

Justin was 5-years-old when his family was in a tragic car accident and he suffered a traumatic brain injury which left him having hundreds of seizures a day. After brain surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado the boy is now seizure-free.

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Sam: Why Do Kids Have Strokes?

Sam Mattei is a typical 11-year-old, although when he was six, Sam had a stroke - the exact cause still unknown. Researchers at Children's are working to investigate why certain kids experience stroke, pinpoint its origin, assess its severity and determine how the future might look for each stroke patient.

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Ashlyn: Bicycles After Brain Tumor

The days leading up to the 2011 Courage Classic were the same as previous years. Ashlyn, then 5 years old, stayed home with her dad and her 2-year-old sister Delaney. The previous week, we were in Missouri at a family reunion and Ashlyn had been complaining of headaches each morning. I chalked it up to dehydration, late nights and vacation eating. The experts at Children's Hospital Colorado helped us realize that it was much more serious and that our daughter needed brain surgery immediately.

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Whitney : A Cheerleader Becomes Seizure-Free

Whitney Henry was a cheerleader who was suffering multiple seizures a day due to an accident. Thanks to the amazing doctors at Children's Hospital Colorado Whitney is seizure-free and working towards her master's degree with the hopes of becoming a child counselor at Children's Colorado.

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Chelsea: A Dancer Beats a Brain Tumor

In the summer of 2010, in the midst of teaching ballet, preparing for the upcoming season, Chelsea's head started to hurt. A few headaches turned into daylong headaches every day. She became uncharacteristically depressed. An MRI revealed a tumor in the left side of Chelsea's brain.

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Connor: Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Connor and his family worked with an occupational therapist, a physical therapist and a developmental pediatrician to reach a diagnosis give Connor the tools he needed to become the little boy he is today.

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Peyton: Cured of a Brain Tumor

Five-year-old Peyton hadn’t been feeling very well when her mother took her to the doctor complaining of headaches and vomiting. During a neurological exam, Peyton was physically weak and wobbly; her motor skills were obviously being affected by something. The doctor recommended Children’s Hospital Colorado for a CT scan.

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Gavin: Rare Accident Reveals Epilepsy

Children’s Colorado’s Pediatric Epilepsy Team worked to pinpoint the origin of Gavin's seizures which were happening up to 16 times a day. After two surgeries Gavin is seizure-free!

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