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Until there is a cure, there is hope . . . Browerville boy’s Make a Wish comes true

by Karin L. Nauber

What do you do when your child is having problems and the doctors don’t believe you?

Well, this was all too real for Kelly and Mark Johnson of Browerville.

Eli, who is Kelly’s biological son, is now 15. Until the age of two, Eli was right on target with his developmental markers.

“He learned to walk when he was around one and met all the mile markers,” said Kelly.

The problem was, Eli didn’t continue progressing.

He began making a fist when he walked.

Kelly was scared. What was happening with her child?

Through the Gillette Outreach Program, she became connected with the Gillette Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities.

“We thought maybe he had cerebral palsy,” noted Kelly.

Eli went through the testing but the results all came back as showing nothing was wrong with him.

“They told me, ‘It looks like you have a clumsy kid,’” she said.

She watched as her young son struggled but persevered in the activities of his daily life. She watched as he fell and toddled along.

Then her son Jack was born 22 months later. . .




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