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Hope Johnson of Bemidji challenges her mother, Gena Hasson, to a game of Rock'em Sock'em in the playroom at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul. Hope is undergoing therapy at the hospital after a Jan. 6 vehicle crash, which severed her spine. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Always Hope: Injured Bemidji girl continues to improve

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Hope Elizabeth Johnson has a message for her friends at Bemidji's Central Elementary School: "I'm doing well."

She said this Friday as she focused on a video game in the playroom of Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul.


She had been issued a purple wheelchair a few minutes earlier and made her way down the hall from the room she shares with her mother, Gena Hasson.

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