Kaden Vanden Berg – I am an adventurer!
His name means “little fighter,” and that’s been four-year-old Kaden Vanden Berg’s story from the beginning. The son of John and Susan Vanden Berg of Hills, MN, Kaden was expected to die before birth, but he has proven the doctors wrong at every turn.
Kaden was born with heart defects and his intestines formed outside of his body. He had many surgeries and spent over a year in the hospital at the University of Michigan before transferring to Sanford Children’s Hospital, and then to LifeScape’s Specialty Hospital for rehab care. At LifeScape, Kaden got intensive medical therapies to gain strength and skills, and was custom-fitted with a seating and wheelchair system that that would grow with him. LifeScape’s ventilator weaning program helped him learn to breathe without the ventilator.
He now gets outpatient therapy once a week at LifeScape Rehabilitation Center. He has met his goal to walk, and now runs all over like any curious child. “The progress he’s made has been phenomenal,” says Susan. The Vanden Bergs are grateful for the help LifeScape has provided, and feel God has guided them to the right therapists and others to help Kaden. “The therapists really see his potential, and work very hard to help him,” says Susan.
A happy pre-schooler at Hills-Beaver Creek, Kaden loves camping, pontoon and golf cart rides, and adventures with his eleven adoring cousins.
“There’s no way Kaden would be here without God,” says Susan. “He’s a miracle of God, and we’re so thankful.”