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Imagine you’re 6 years old. After a terrifying accident, you were pried from a car, whisked into an ambulance and rushed to the trauma center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All you can see are glaring lights and the faces of people you don’t know. Doctors are urgently giving orders. Nurses are putting a mask over your face and needles in your arm. You can‘t breathe; you’re disoriented, and no one knows your name yet. Your tears spill over and you begin to panic. Then, a Child Life Specialist enters the room. Everything changes.

A Good Catch Leads to a Home Run for Oscar

A Good Catch Leads to a Home Run for Oscar

Meredith Green-Brown says she had a healthy pregnancy, the natural labor she’d planned for, and that her sweet baby Oscar was perfect. Her husband though, noticed something less than perfect.

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Video: How Deep Brain Stimulation Helped Kaitlynn

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