Riley Connections: “Teen’s liver was dying, and so was he”

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Alex Cruse was living the life of a teenager – going to school, working at Taco Bell and hanging out with friends.

Over the summer, all of that changed. Alex came so close to dying that his mother almost can’t bear to talk about it. Now, he sits beside her at Riley Hospital for Children, meeting a therapy dog named Gus and relearning how to speak through a trach and swallow without choking.

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