Wednesday, August 31, 2011


A few weeks ago I shared with you that we had been given the opportunity to travel to Children's Hospital Boston to see a pediatric neurosurgeon who specializes in research and leading edge procedures for babies  with spina bifida. We were thrilled that each piece of the puzzle came together so perfectly: scheduling, child care, insurance, and travel - all just in the nick of time.
This week we made our trip to visit Childrens.  In addition to being a gifted researcher and skilled surgeon the Dr. we met with was compassionate, thorough, and kind.  He reviewed many pieces of the Gabe's Big Brain puzzle.  He sent us for a test in radiology to use in comparison to data collected at DeVos in April.    After spending time with all the information he ordered an MRI of Gabe's brain and spine to ensure there are no other considerations or hidden problems we may not be seeing.   He agreed the MRI could be done in our home town with images sent to him to study.  We will travel back to Boston if need be after he sees the new films. 

Although the endoscopic treatment of Gabe's ventricles (done by this particular Dr.) would be in his best interest (instead of a shunt) if intervention is necessary, at this point the Dr. believes that Gabe is NOT a candidate because his head is stable and does not need ANY treatment.    

That is the BEST possible news we could have gotten from our second opinion AND
 this sweet guy was pretty excited about it!

 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us be the glory... forever.


We appreciate all of your comments and love.
Encouraged by you,
Gabe & his Momma