Thursday, April 21, 2011

Juliana's Story

Age 8

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Brittle Bone Disease

What started as a normal Sunday afternoon changed Juliana’s life forever.

Following a fairly standard playground accident, Juliana’s parents took her to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center as a precaution. Careful examination of X-rays showed that Juliana had a spinal fracture, which could not have been caused by the playground incident. Doctors diagnosed Juliana with mild osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease that causes bone breaks easily and for no apparent reason.

Juliana, now 8 years old, receives preventive care treatments that strengthen her bones and stop her spinal fractures. Juliana handles these treatments with maturity beyond her years. She also celebrates every treatment with a victory lap around the room.

Juliana has to be a little more careful than most kids her age, but she doesn’t let this stop her from reaching out to others in need. Her friendly attitude is a delight to those around her, and it has helped her reach out to other children being treated with the same disease.

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