Battling illnesses a team effort at Children's

14-year-old Morgan McGee.
14-year-old Morgan McGee.
Morgan works with Dr. Nancy Durban to help manage her pain.
Morgan works with Dr. Nancy Durban to help manage her pain.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Morgan McGee was a busy kid last year. Soccer was one of her favorite activities. But then she couldn't do it anymore.

"Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility disorder affects my stomach and my joints," said Morgan, 14, of Madeira. "It prevented me from running and playing soccer."

Morgan experiences a lot of pain. The inherited condition affects the connective tissue in Morgan's joints, making them weak. Although there is no cure for Ehlers-Danos, Morgan receives weekly physical therapy at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center to help manage her pain.

Dr. Nancy Durban specializes in pediatric chronic pain, helping them return to the active lifestyle she believes all kids should experience.

"You're not just treating a small adult," said Durban. "Kids need to work at just being kids, getting back into the community, back into school. Their job is to just be a kid."

Durban believes her patients' success is her success, and encourages them to keep working. They are a team.

"She doesn't just make it, 'Come here and do your stretches and leave.' She makes it fun," Morgan said.

"The best part of my day is to be able to have someone come in and tell me that they have been able to accomplish something that we had set together as a goal," said Durban.

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