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Bridget and Steve Lassig

Bridget and Steve Lassig

"Our son, Donovan, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18-months of age, specifically with spastic diplegia. Since his diagnosis, he has been cared for by a team of specialists at the hospital, including neurosurgery, orthopaedics, urologyand all the support services that help us through various procedures. In early 2008, after much research and three opinions, we made the decision to have Donovan, now four years old, undergo a selective dorsal rhizotomy at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. The procedure is a neurosurgery that reduces spasticity. The hospital had just brought the specialist here to Grand Rapids. Donovan was the second child to go through the procedure. It involved a six-hour surgery and a week at outpatient rehab, all under the support and guidance of our team.

"We are dearly grateful for the care he has received, as well as the talent and expertise of Donovan's team. We have benefited from all the people involved, from the physicians, nurses, child life specialists, therapists and many more. Each of them was amazing, and Donovan has gained abilities he would not have had otherwise. As with any health care system, there have been times where we've had to learn how to make our way through it. The individual physicians and the hospital have embraced our feedback and demonstrated that they share the goal of providing an excellent hospital experience for families.  This journey has taught us how fortunate we are to have Helen DeVos Children's Hospital caring for our son and how to be better advocates for him. Ultimately, these experiences were what led us to the Family Centered Care Advisory Council. The FCCAC is now an avenue that we value as we can contribute toward an exceptional facility for children and their caregivers."

-   Bridget and Steve Lassig

Pictured from left to right: Donovan (4), Bridget, Emma, Steve, Carl