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Southern Colorado's first Children's Hospital opens to the public

Posted at 7:47 AM, Jul 17, 2019

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Colorado Spring's very own Children's Hospital is open to the public. It's the first dedicated pediatric hospital in southern Colorado and it's already changing lives.

We spoke to one patient who recently completed his cancer treatment at this new hospital. Noah Richardson was first diagnosed 8 months ago.

"[I was] coughing all the time, not getting better," said Noah. "Got my CT scan done and a PET scan done and then I was eventually diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma."

The treatment he desperately needed wasn't easy or close to home. Noah began traveling to Aurora for treatments, then continued at the Briargate Children's Clinic before recently finishing off in the brand-new Children's Hospital.

"I have grown really close with a lot of my nurses and doctors, and I see them as like honestly friends and someone that I could talk to if I needed to talk to somebody," added Noah.

Now Noah's the very first cancer patient to ring the Warrior Bell at the Children's Hospital signaling the end of his chemotherapy.

After battling cancer and graduating high school in May, Noah tells News5 he wants to become an oncology nurse.