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Liberty Ridge Elementary fourth grader Joshua Somers underwent his fourth open heart surgery on Aug. 24 at Stanford University to correct a narrowing in his aorta.

Liberty Ridge student on the mend and back to school after open heart surgery


Like most of his classmates, Liberty Ridge Elementary fourth grader Joshua Somers struggled earlier this month with the first day of school, having to readjust to early mornings and homework.

However, Somers' adjustment was even more complex, having had gone through open heart surgery just two weeks earlier.

"I was looking forward to going back to school for once," he said.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.