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Holden's Story

Holden was an average, healthy, nine-year-old boy who loved to play hockey. One day his parents, Stuart and Donna, noticed that their seemingly healthy boy was getting up to use the bathroom at night more frequently than usual.

Although Stuart and Donna had no reason to believe anything was wrong, they decided to be safe and scheduled an appointment for their son to see his doctor. Holden's doctor ran some tests to figure out if he was sick.

When his test results came back, Holden and his parents were shocked to find that he had juvenile diabetes, and they were scared because they knew the seriousness of the condition. "It was our worst fears come true," said Donna.

Luckily for Holden, his doctor recommended he go to WakeMed Children's Emergency Department. WakeMed's pediatric diabetes team confirmed Holden's condition right before he slipped into a diabetic coma.

The friendly, calm and healing environment, coupled with the wealth of expertise offered by the nursing staff, helped to ease Holden and his parents' fears through their time of crisis. Holden stayed in the hospital for several days.

During this stressful time, Holden's parents were warmly embraced by WakeMed Children's culture of care - from the program's registered dietitians, diabetes counselors and diabetes educators to nurses who specialize in the care of diabetic pediatric patients.

These specialized nurses taught Holden and his parents how to give insulin injections and test his blood. "Before he was hospitalized, he was scared to death of shots," said Holden's parents. "The nurse really did an awesome job of comforting him."

After Holden's stay at WakeMed Children's, he was back on the ice in no time. For Holden, and the thousands of children who receive life-saving care at WakeMed Children's, the future is limitless.

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