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Students take dance to sick classmate's hospital room

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ANN ARBOR, MI (WNEM) -

Nothing in the last three months has been normal for 14-year-old Brady Gulledge.

In February, Gulledge was rushed to Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan with H1N1 flu and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, commonly referred to as MRSA.

"Our colleagues were just phenomenal in identifying how sick he was becoming," said Dr. Gail Annich, Gulledge's pediatric intensive care physician.

The infections severely damaged his lungs and left him fighting for his life.

But on Friday night, he got to forget about that fight for a little while.

His eighth grade formal at Millington Middle School is next week and his doctors had no plans of letting him go.

"He was going to be really upset he couldn't go," said Gulledge's classmate Emma Trickey-Wazny.

So, his friends decided to bring a slice of teenage life to him. On Friday, the eighth grade formal happened on the 10th floor of Mott Children's Hospital.

"People say we look like twins, so if he looks good, I automatically look good," said Gulledge's best friend Briar Bearss.

It was a special night for Gulledge and all of his very special friends.

"I met Brady the first day of first grade, and we've been like brothers since, so it's really special, a really special day," said Bearss.

"It is a big deal, they've been talking about it all year, and he was pretty upset because he wasn't going to be able to go," said Brandi Gulledge, Brady's mother.

As Brady Gulledge recovers, he cannot speak. But when asked if Friday night gave him the feeling many people care about him, he nodded yes.

For the 14-year-old whose life was flipped upside down, on Friday night, a middle school dance helped make everything right.

"He's smiling, he's joking," laughed Brandi Gulledge.

"He hasn't done that since he's been here," said Brady's father Jason Gulledge.

The Wish Upon a Teen Foundation in Bloomfield Hills helped make the hospital room look snazzy.

Doctors do not know when Brady Gulledge will able to leave the hospital.

To learn more about Brady, or to follow his recovery, CLICK HERE.

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