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Our favorite stories of 2017

Posted on Dec. 27, 2017 ( comments)
New Years 2017 stock image

As the year comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the big events of the year, as well as the inspiring stories happening every day in our health system. Read on for our favorites from 2017.

Richard Sherman visits Ellie at Mary Bridge (video)

Richard Sherman and Ellie

After 4-year-old Mary Bridge patient Ellie Carter lost her Richard Sherman doll, Ellie received a special visit with the real Richard Sherman. Her reaction will bring a smile to your face.

Doctor puts own life at risk to save others during Las Vegas shooting

James Sebesta and Stephen Williams media interview

With four combat tours as an Army trauma surgeon, Jim Sebesta, MD, has seen mass casualty situations. Unfortunately, the worst one he ever experienced wasn’t in war, but at a concert in Las Vegas during a tragic mass shooting that left 58 dead and 489 injured on the night of Oct. 1.

Saying goodbye to Harli: A therapy dog’s last day on Earth

Harli

Diana Doolittle’s letter about Harli’s passing serves as a lovely tribute to the sweet therapy dog who spent many years comforting patients at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

‘Super baby’ turns 2

Baby Brantley with cape

As the youngest preemie born at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital to survive, Brantley Smith has become something of a superhero to the NICU. We celebrated another milestone with him this November.

Complex care team gives mom hope for son with rare disorder

Kariuki and Lydia

Baby Kariuki Muhinja has a rare genetic disorder that requires special care with several specialists at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. His mom Lydia is grateful to the complex care team for giving her the strength to care for her son’s complex condition.

Breast cancer patient uses writing to share news of diagnosis

Julie Wilson portrait

Julie Wilson, a 50-year-old English teacher, was surprised by her diagnosis of stage IV breast cancer. When she returned to her job after treatment, she decided to share the news with her students in a unique way.

MultiCare rehab program helps man who lost leg walk bride down aisle

Tanner Arbuthnot wedding

Despite losing his leg in a motorcycle accident, Tanner Arbuthnot worked diligently with his physical therapist at MultiCare Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center and was able to walk his new wife, Myra, down the aisle at their wedding — on live television.

Two years after crisis, Lizzie is role model for teen mental health

Lizzie Foxley

Two years ago, Lizzie attempted suicide. She’s recovered and now serves as a mentor for kids and an advocate for improving mental health care for teens, encouraging others to seek help when they need it.
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