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Laila Trailer
“Laila: The Next Season” is a docu-film currently under production by St. Louis Children’s Hospital featuring Laila Anderson and the St. Louis Blues. As Laila herself says in the film’s trailer, which debuts on NBC Sports October 2 during the Blues home opener, “There’s the story people think they know about me. Then there’s the real story.”

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Laila
“Laila: The Next Season,” the exclusive docu-film by St. Louis Children’s Hospital, will look into what happened after the Stanley Cup victory and where Laila and her beloved St. Louis Blues are now.

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Laila and Dr. Bednarski
In September 2018, doctors at Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital found an answer to the mystery illness affecting Laila - HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiosis), a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease in which the immune cells grow out of control and attack the body, causing organ damage. In Laila’s case, the immune system was attacking her brain. HLH can be difficult to diagnose because it often looks like other conditions. Laila is just one of 15 children in the world who have had a solely neurologic manifestation of the disease, which made it even more challenging to pinpoint a diagnosis. 

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Laila and Heather
As the docu-film is currently under production, more information, including behind-the-scenes footage and Heather Anderson’s perspective of the journey through journal entries entitled, “This Time Last Season.” 

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Laila Rings the Bell
In May 2019, Laila rang the bell at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. As the Blues were chasing the Stanley Cup, Heather received special permission from Laila’s doctor to go to a playoff game with certain precautions. It would be Laila’s first excursion since her BMT and one of the first time she was introduced to the country – who fell in love with her determination and passion for the Blues. 

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“Laila: The Next Season,” the exclusive docu-film by St. Louis Children’s Hospital, will look into what happened after the Stanley Cup victory and where Laila and her beloved St. Louis Blues are now.

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