“I’m so lucky to have a big brother thanks to the Stollery!” — Kali, Ryder’s sister

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Ryder is all about hockey – from playing with his team, the DV Meter All Stars, to cheering for the Edmonton Oilers. The only thing Ryder likes more than hockey is eating chicken wings while watching hockey. Thanks to the expert care he received at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Ryder gets to eat chicken wings to his heart’s content.

When Ryder was just 10 days old, his parents took him to his local emergency department after his stomach seemed abnormally large and he was vomiting yellow bile. After multiple tests, Ryder was transferred to the Stollery via ambulance where experts discovered a cyst in his stomach. What looked like a cyst turned out to be an entire second stomach. His second stomach was attached to his intestines and was interfering with the function of his vital organs. Ryder needed emergency surgery. He spent a week in a coma to allow his body to fully heal, followed by a few more weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit to completely recover. Ryder’s parents are grateful for the care their son received and thankful to have this world-class hospital in their backyard for whenever families across Alberta need it.

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