As we start the one week countdown to Avery’s surgery, I continue to learn about others that have been through this.
The video below about “Mary”, recounts her and her family’s experience regarding the surgery to correct her 75 degree curve (Avery has a 52 degree curve). Ironically Mary went to the same schools as Avery. Centennial Middle School and Mountain Pointe High School.
Her story is actually a relief to watch as tonight we head to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for a tour/class.
When Dr. White came out the operating room, Mary’s parents could tell immediately he was upbeat, even before his first words were spoken.
He showed the concerned parents a small X-ray of the rods and inserted screws, and what was now a very straight spine. According to Dr White, Mary set a new personal record for him for the number of screws used during surgery.
Mary received excellent care. Not only from Dr. White, who was as we anticipated, awesome, but everyone that came through our door. Everyone cared about Mary as a person. –Sally
The record-breaking endeavor was significant for Mary, too. She’s now doing everything she’s ever wanted – including being a member of her high school’s state champion badminton team – without the heavy physical and emotional toll that once weighed her down.
She has her whole life ahead of her, to embrace life, and live it any way she would like. It’s just a joy to see her so healthy. –Sally
Needless to say, Mary no longer needs a brace. She finds all the support and strength she needs from her family and within herself.