Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Aaron, diagnosed with Spina Bifida, and his mom discuss his treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This hospital was named one of Parents magazine's 10 best children's hospitals in 2013.
-Hey Aaron. You have to get ready to go. Did you put deodorant on? Did you wash your face? Did you take your medicine? -Uh-huh. -These are my braces and I still walk with crutches, although I wish I could live without both of them. -Aaron has spina bifida. He was diagnosed when he was in utero. A transport team from Children's came to get him when he was a couple hours old. -I like to move it, move it. He likes to move it-- -We didn't really know what it was or will he have problems with his brain function. -That's me waterskiing. -And what I am saying? -Aaron! Are you okay?! -Not knowing where he was on that spectrum is very difficult. -I like to know if I can do a couple of things and I'll never know unless I try it. Although I'm waterskiing and kayaking. -It's been difficult to make friends and I think these next couple of years are gonna be the hardest because junior high is hard in and of itself. It's gonna be interesting. -One of the big benefits of Children's, we knew that this was a children-centric hospital. -But you have to be in the hospital? -Oh yes. I come out always healthier and stronger and a better man. -They understood the needs of the child. They understood the needs of the parents 'cause many of us go there with many needs of our own. They really do care for the whole family. -Okay. -I think the key for him is continuing with his positive attitude, pushing forward, meeting new challenges. -I made the move of all moves. I bought her a bracelet and a necklace and she's wearing it. -Before Aaron was born, we didn't even know if he would be able to walk. You know, after all this time, I can't believe that I'm actually telling him to slow down. It's amazing. -We're just, you know, happy to have chosen Children's. -I like to move it, move it. You like to... move it! I like to move it.