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A bump on Markus' knee was more than just a sign of 12-year-old boyhood. It was cancer. And with it came a question: Would he ever run again? Markus had the fight in him. And only we had the team of experts to back him up.
Markus was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
Markus began two rounds of chemotherapy, surrounded by our pediatric oncologists at the only ranked program in the region.
To save Markus' life, our surgeons removed his leg at the knee using a procedure called the Van Ness rotationplasty.
Markus finished chemotherapy and rang the Warrior Bell in a triumphant exit from our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Markus was fitted with a prosthetic leg and started working with a physical therapist, learning to walk without crutches.
Markus completed the Climb for Courage. The stair race benefits the Children's Colorado Foundation and a new pediatric hospital in Colorado Springs – Markus' hometown.
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By the age of 3, Hunter's spinal condition had dramatically deteriorated. His spine curved at a 90-degree angle, which compressed his spinal cord. Without a highly complex surgery, he'd be paralyzed for life. By using an innovative 3D technology, our multidisciplinary team of experts from orthopedics and neurology worked together, to rebuild a spine as strong as Hunter's spirit.
A 90-degree curve in Hunter’s spine threatened lifelong paralysis. The only way he’d walk again is by undergoing a complex spinal surgery.
Due to the risk of operating on a spine as small as Hunter's, we practiced on an exact replica that was created using 3D technology.
Thanks to this innovative approach, Hunter had surgery to help him regain the use of his legs.
Hunter got to go home with his parents just five days after spinal surgery.
Hunter began physical therapy to rebuild his strength. By June, he could walk, run, and even jump on his own.
Hunter started preschool right on time with all his friends. He loves Transformers and studying the human skeleton.
We'd like to express gratitude to Mighty Oak Medical for providing the FIREFLY 3D printing technology that was instrumental in making Hunter's surgery a success.
Shortly after birth, Juniper was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease that was weakening and enlarging the two lower chambers of her heart. It would be fatal if not treated quickly. The generosity of another family and the expertise of our cardiology team changed Juniper's life forever.
At two weeks, Juniper was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition. She would need a heart transplant to survive.
Juniper became our youngest and smallest recipient of the Berlin Heart that would perform the work of her sick heart while she waited for a donor.
Juniper received a heart transplant. Her parents took her home just eight days later.
Juniper celebrated her first birthday, surrounded by her care team of nurses, doctors and others who cared for her.
Juniper's mom, Joni, graduated from nursing school. Two months later, she started working at Children’s Colorado, the very hospital that saved her daughter’s life.
Juniper celebrated her fourth birthday with a Peppa Pig bacon-themed party, surrounded by family and friends.
A very special donor is at the center of every transplant story. To all those who have given the gift of life, thank you.Learn more about organ and tissue donation
Because we see more children than any hospital in the region, our unparalleled experience leads to outcomes among the best in the country. And because our research shapes the future of innovative treatments, we provide care years before it's available anywhere else.
We know kids need to play, learn and connect – even when they're sick. That's why we offer dozens of amenities to help them do just that.
Help children cope and feel comfortable in the hospital
Makes MRI testing less stressful for kids
Use the arts to help kids express, create and heal in a supportive setting
Gives kids a chance to sing, dance and explore in a multimedia studio
State-of-the-art lounge for teens to hang out
A home away from home for families to relax and recharge
Places for patients and siblings to play
A chapel and spiritual care for people of any faith
Flat-screen TVs, internet access and on-demand video in every room
We understand that time is of the essence when your little one is sick. Instead of numerous appointments with different specialists, your child sees all our experts at one appointment. With your guidance, our team collaborates to provide the best care possible, leading to better communication and better outcomes.
A collaborative pediatric team for individual needs: