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Nick Gagliardo

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Dominic “Nick” Gagliardo, 9, just had surgery on Monday to remove a mass from his brain. He has had seizures for many years but, now with surgery, believes his life can be “perfect.”

Nick's bedroom door.
Nick’s bedroom door.

Nick (left) and his brother Andrew, 1 1/2, play video games in Nick's bedroom.Nick (left) and his brother Andrew, 1 1/2, play video games in Nick’s bedroom.

Nick is bathed to keep his wound clean.
Nick is bathed to keep his wound clean.

Kristen, Nick's mother, helps him dry his wound after the bath.
Kristen, Nick’s mother, helps him dry his wound after the bath.

Today is Nick's first day back in his treehouse following brain surgery.
Today is Nick’s first day back in his treehouse following brain surgery.

Nick and his mother Kristen "high five" in the living room.
Nick and his mother Kristen “high five” in the living room.

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Kristen looks at some of the hospital expenses while Andrew tries to take a toy from her desk.

Nick speaks to his mother.
Nick speaks to his mother.

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Nick and his brother Andrew enjoy a movie up in the treehouse. Today is Nick’s first day back in the treehouse following surgery.

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Nick and his mother Kristen run after leaving the treehouse. Kristen doesn’t want Nick to run because his wound is fresh, but is allowing it, as long as he holds her hand.

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Nick shows some religious medals that were a gift while in the hospital. The medals have been blessed by the Pope.

Nick and his mother Kristen embrace.
Nick and his mother Kristen embrace.