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

Jessie Freeland: Spine Surgery Can’t Stop a Champion

When Jessie was 11-years-old, she was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis. Over the next year, her pain increased and we started seeing a spine specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. When Jessie was 14 years old, we decided that surgery was her best option. Now, Jessie is a champion swimmer and a track star. Read her story.

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Paige: Surgery Unlocked Her Potential as an Athlete

Paige VanArsdale is an active teenager with cerebral palsy who underwent major orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado. The surgery helped unlock her athletic potential in competitive skiing and swimming.

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Madison: Cracking a Mystery and Conquering Pain

Madison Kitchen was unassumingly jumping over hurdles in gym glass when she tripped, fell and sprained her ankle. Though painful at the time, she recalls that it was an "unremarkable injury." They had no idea that it would be the beginning of two-year journey to resolve her unexplained pain.

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Tommy: Still Needs a Kids' Hospital

Even though Tommy is 6'2" he still needs a kid's hospital. Ear, Nose and Throat specialists at Children's Colorado helped Tommy elect to have reconstructive surgery that helped him breathe easier.

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Tyler: Gait Lab Patient Trains for Paralympic Ski Team

Tyler was born five-and-a-half weeks early after suffering a stroke in the womb. At four months old he was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. As Tyler grew into an adolescent he began participating in Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health (ARCH) at Children's Colorado and today he is training to race for the Paralympic ski team.

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