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Meet Gideon, Cincinnati Children’s Speedway Miracle Kid for 2019!

Gideon Treece, 10

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Other Conditions

Born eight weeks early in Texas to a drug-addicted mother, Gideon weighed only three pounds. He also had one of the worst cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) that his doctors had ever seen. His tiny body was in withdrawal from the drugs he was exposed to in the womb, leading to seizures, trouble feeding, severe pain and more.

His adoptive parents, Sara and Andy, had to wait for days before they could hold or comfort him. His doctors in Texas warned Sara and Andy that Gideon may never see, speak or walk. But his parents knew he was a fighter. When they brought him home to Ohio, they took him to Cincinnati Children’s for evaluation and treatment. There, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other health issues.

In 2016, when he was just 6-years-old, Gideon showed his parents and his care team just what a fighter he was. Sara and Andy promised to take him to Disney World. And Gideon told them he’d walk onto the Peter Pan ride there. He worked hard at his physical therapy. It paid off. Using crutches, Gideon was able to walk onto the ride, just as he said he would.

Today, Gideon is 10 and thriving. He loves school, reading, writing and playing. His favorite summer activities are swimming and visiting Kings Island. A spunky and energetic kid, he enjoys all kinds of sports. He’s also obsessed with superheroes, which is fitting, because he is one!