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Heart warrior and brain injury survivor celebrates 1 surrounded by ‘Harley’s Crew’

2/19/2019 3:14 PM | Patient Stories

Harley Swanek is a toddler who has endured more than most adults. At 6-months-old, her heart stopped beating, revealing a rare, congenital heart defect. While emergency personal were successful in reviving her, the result was an anoxic brain injury. After making huge strides at Madonna, the heart warrior is celebrating a smashing first birthday.

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Young hockey fan returns to ice after battling rare illness

2/7/2019 2:39 PM | In the News, Patient Stories

Six weeks after contracting a rare form of encephalitis, Kevin Hang celebrated his seventh birthday donning his hockey gear to skate laps with Junior Stars teammates. It was a special moment for the seven-year-old hockey fan from Lincoln, Nebraska, who was initially paralyzed when he began specialized rehab at Madonna.

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Madonna team taps into brain injury survivor’s passions as motivation

2/7/2019 1:00 PM | Patient Stories

Nick Brandriet's life changed instantly when the 36-year-old suffered a brain bleed Thanksgiving weekend 2018. The result was an anoxic brain injury, requiring Nick to relearn how to walk, talk and eat. Early on, Nick's care team tapped into his love of music, pizza and Battleship as motivation throughout his recovery.

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Harlem Globetrotter spins smiles through Lincoln Campus

1/31/2019 2:51 PM | In the News, Patient Stories, Press Releases

Harlem Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin visited the Lincoln Campus to bring cheer to patients and families, spinning smiles throughout the hospital.

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Yutan wrestler takes down two toughest opponents in his life

1/24/2019 11:09 AM | In the News, Patient Stories

Logan Moan, a Yutan High School senior, is a talented athlete and a survivor. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 7, Logan excells in football, wrestling and dirt bike racing. Last May, Logan survived a horrible dirt bike accident and spent a month recovering at the Omaha Campus.

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Pint-sized motivator behind Iowan’s Recovery

1/14/2019 2:34 PM | Patient Stories

Nick Lincoln worked hard to recover at Madonna's Lincoln Campus after an ATV accident caused a spinal cord injury in August of 2018. His desire to return home with his wife and their young daughter Sydney provided the motivation he needed to regain skills like driving, self-cares, and find new sports and recreation activities.

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Technology assists mom of three in brain injury recovery

1/10/2019 10:54 AM | Patient Stories

Hniang Cia credits Madonna's specialized technology for helping her return home to care for her young family. This after the 28-year-old was involved in a serious car crash that caused significant injuries, including brain damage. The technology, disguised as video games, helped her regain arm and leg strength necessary to keep up with three young boys.

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Brain injury survivor thrives back home and at school

1/8/2019 9:44 AM | Patient Stories

Dylan Kirkpatrick is back home and at school after surviving a rollover car crash that nearly took his life. He spent two months recovering at an acute care hospital before coming to Madonna for rehabilitation, regaining strength, stamina and relearning thinking and problem-solving skills so he could get back to friends and homework.

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After diving accident paralyzes teen, he discovers new dreams

1/7/2019 8:52 AM | In the News, Patient Stories

Malik Paulson inspires others with his dedication and will to succeed after a devastating spinal cord injury. His recovery at Madonna was fueled by the support of his family and his impressive tenacity.

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Madonna team incorporates fun and play into young cancer survivor’s rehab

1/4/2019 3:43 PM | Patient Stories

Aiden Melia loves Captain America and video games. Recently the 6-year-old tapped into his own superhero powers to regain strength at Madonna's Omaha Campus. This after undergoing surgeries and cancer treatment for tumors on his brain stem and spine. Facing each new battle with unwavering courage, resilience and occasional panda play.

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