Around Town

Paying it forward with "Hope the Hip Hippo"

In her short life, 6-year-old Abbey Dankwerth of St. Louis Park has undergone 13 surgeries, including open-heart surgery in 2011. She was born with congenital hip dysplasia, a condition where the hips don’t form properly. Abbey’s mother Michelle often worried about how the ordeal was affecting her daughter emotionally. “She didn’t understand why she needed to wear a cast all the time,” says Michelle.

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