Tuesday, April 21, 2009

SBS Survivors: Ethen Freichs, North Dakota

The North Plattekill Telegraph reports on Ethen Frerichs, a six year old who seems to have made a remarkable recovery from the shaking injuries he received at four months of age. Link

KEARNEY - Ethen Frerichs looks like any other 6-year-old.

He watches cartoons, listens to music, dances, talks on the phone, tickles his little brother Trevor and loves being a host. He can write his name, knows his colors and letters, and loves riding the bus to school.

Not bad for a kid using just the right side of his brain.

At 8 months old, Ethen was shaken by his in-home baby sitter in Bellevue. The injury caused traumatic injury to the left side of his brain, which controls the right side of the body, understanding and use of language, detailed analysis of information, and memory.

Now, Ethen's a vivacious kindergartener, and his mother, Kristen Frerichs is sharing her son's story with medical professionals and social workers.

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