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Animal Planet show Thursday features Kuna football player, local doctor

How Kuna's Elijah Minnick survived mysterious illness

This video by St. Luke's Health System tells the story of a Kuna high school student who nearly died after he and his twin brother contracted the flu.
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This video by St. Luke's Health System tells the story of a Kuna high school student who nearly died after he and his twin brother contracted the flu.

St. Luke’s pediatric critical-care doctor Derrick Dauplaise and his patient, Kuna football player Elijah Minnick, will be featured on a medical documentary this week.

The episode of documentary “Monsters Inside Me” is scheduled to air 10 p.m. Thursday on Animal Planet, according to a St. Luke’s news release.

The episode tells the story of how Minnick and his twin brother, Jonah, became sick with the flu. Jonah recovered. Elijah did not; soon, he was on the brink of organ failure.

Dauplaise and the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staff saved the 17-year-old, the news release said.

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