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Published on February 12, 2020

Isabella Froiseth

Child life specialist finds way to bring patient comfort on tough days

Isabella Froiseth, who turned 4 in October, receives continuous care at Gundersen for autism and epilepsy.

Early in her young life, our child life specialists were there for her – and her mother, Julia – as she underwent brain scans and tests on the road to diagnosis.

Isabella still visits Gundersen often, including for a lab draw procedures last year.

After watching Isabella's tears fall, child life specialist Emma Scheets used the Itsy Bitsy Spider game on a tablet to help Isabella through her lab draw. Her mother wished for Isabella's own tablet that could aid with distractions during future procedures.

Emma reached out to the Wishland Pony Express, a group founded by members of the Coulee Clown Club and supported by Clown Camp that grants wishes to chronically and critically ill children.

"Technology devices are effective in distracting children during procedures," Emma says. "Because of the frequency of procedures and how effective it was to help her stay calm and cooperative, I sought out potential organizations that would assist in funding a device of her own."

Today, Isabella clutches her very own tablet, thanks in part to one of our team members who found a way to bring Isabella comfort on tough days.

"It feels like we live at Gundersen, so we are so grateful for the child life specialists for making our time at Gundersen easier," Julia says.

Every day, throughout the many locations that make up Gundersen Health System, staff deliver world-class care plus a little something extra – we call it Love + Medicine. If this story inspires you to share a story of your own go to

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