"Full of spirit and energy, 10-year-old Mikayla was spending a typical summer afternoon playing in a city park when her life was thrown a curve ball. While climbing a large tree, she lost her balance and fell to the ground. After the resounding “thud” came the realization of her injuries. Her head was split open and her body was bruised. After a visit to the local emergency room, it was determined that she had broken her back and was immediately transferred to Avera Children’s Hospital for surgery. Two days later, Mikayla was on the mend – only memories and a large brace reminded her of that fateful afternoon. Thanks to the care of Avera Children’s and the child life specialists, she is on her way to making a full recovery."