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Pediatric Tethered Spinal Cord: Roberts’ Story

Pediatric Tethered Spinal Cord: The Roberts Brothers’ Broward’s Story Broward Roberts became familiar with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital’s neurosurgery team at an early age. The discovery of a sacral dimple during his first five days of life in the UF Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit led to a follow-up…

Pediatric Chiari: Sophia’s Story

Pediatric neurosurgeon provides incredible care in child’s hometown One day in early January, Nicole Whitaker noticed her daughter Sophia’s eyes were turning in. By the end of the day, Sophia, who was three days shy of turning 3 years old, was seeing double. Nicole made an appointment to see…

Pediatric Brain Tumor – Mycah’s Story

Mycah’s Story When a brainstem tumor almost took Mycah’s life, her UF Health pediatric neurosurgeon prepared a plan to save her. Just weeks before her eighth birthday in late November 2018, Mycah Moody began feeling fatigued. When she started losing weight, could barely eat without choking and was coughing constantly,…

Pediatric Arachnoid Cyst: Kayden’s Story

When Madeline Lee went to her 28-week prenatal checkup, she was not able to see her son’s head in the sonograms. Her doctor later determined that the fetus had abnormal fluid in his brain and referred Madeline to UF Health in Gainesville. “Needless to say, the results tore me apart,”…