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West Vancouver stroke survivor a champion for the cause

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Author: 
Erin McPhee
Published Date: 
19 May 2013
Publication: 
The North Shore News
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THOMAS Dignum is among the Lower Mainland residents going to bat for the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation next weekend at a fundraising slo-pitch tournament.

The 12-year-old West Vancouver resident and Grade 6 student at Ridgeview elementary is not only going to have an opportunity to hit the field, the three-day event is giving him and his family an opportunity to share their story as Thomas is the event's Champion.

"He really is the ideal miracle story," says Thomas' mother Tracy. At age six, Thomas, out of nowhere, collapsed at school. Doctors discovered he had suffered a massive stroke in his brain stem. He subsequently underwent a life-saving procedure at B.C. Children's Hospital that had never been done before on a child at the hospital and was administered a clot-busting drug. His road to recovery was slow, seeing him spend several months in rehabilitation at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, however six years later, he's made a complete recovery in terms of his cognitive and physical abilities.

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