I got a chance to see Madeline each day this week twice a day after her surgery at Duke Raleigh Hospital this past Wednesday. She was in her private room Wednesday evening with her parents doing very well, just a little swollen in the eyelids. She introduced me to "Sprinkles", her little stuffed animal, who indeed had very colorful sprinkles all over. I showed her the X-Ray, which showed her spine all straight, and she gave me a big smile. She then reached around her back and felt her back where one of her two humps used to be... and she said "The hump is gone!" A happy day for Madeline and her folks.
Postop Day 1 on Thursday, she was quite a trooper, getting up in the morning, and walking down the hall and back again with physical and occupational therapy. Yesterday, Friday, she went to the homebound room, and got cleared going in and out of the test car, and climbed some stairs. I got a chance to see her and her folks and get a couple quick photos together before she headed home.
Having the chance to serve families like Madeline's is a such a joy, that it energizes all of us at Hey Clinic and Duke Raleigh Hospital and WakeMed Children's Hospital to keep serving better in the future!
Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery