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Published August 09, 2011, 06:24 PM

A 'Miracle' Kid: DL Boy, Recovered After Gunshot Wound, is Miracle Network Champ

The Devils Lake Dairy Queen is going to have a special guest on Thursday. The 2011 Childrens Miracle Network North Dakota champion will help make and sell dilly bars and ice cream cones for Miracle Treat Day.

The Devils Lake Dairy Queen is going to have a special guest on Thursday.

The 2011 Childrens Miracle Network North Dakota champion will help make and sell dilly bars and ice cream cones for Miracle Treat Day.

Laine Nicholls is a very shy 4-year-old who likes tractors and oreo cookies.

Last year Laine suffered from a serious gunshot wound to his right hip.

He was airlifted to Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo where he had surgery. After that, he needed treatment for two months.

After Laine's surgery he had to go back to the hospital in Fargo two times a week for care of the wound.

"I was concerned because of all the frequent trips to Fargo to the hospital that he might start dreading going back, but he did very well," Laine's mother Beth said.

Beth believes the children's hospital staff, and the environment there, had a lot to do with Laine's positive attitude.

"He had a little red wagon that he would pull to surgery each time we went back," Beth said.

The staff at Sanford also enjoyed Laine as a patient.

"He handled all this very well so they nominated him as the Champion," Beth said.

Each year Sanford Children's Hospital nominates a child to be the state Champion, and the The Children's Miracle Network approves the nomination. Being named the 2011 Champion means Laine is going to get a well deserved reward.

"We get to go on some trips and he's very excited to go to Disney World in October and also to Washington, DC," Beth said.

Beth said that she appreciated all the help Sanford Children's Hospital gave her son and her family during Laine's recovery, and she says events like Miracle Treat Day help families like hers.

"The money stays local and it helps support children and families. Nobody likes to see children that are sick or in the hospital so it's a very good cause," Beth said.

Dairy Queens across the state will be participating in Miracle Treat Day on Thursday August 11.

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