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Madigan’s Story

Welcome to Madigans Site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about our little one.

My Story is the introduction to our CaringBridge site.
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Little Meadows PA 18830


Madigan Claire was diagnosed with progressive congenital scoliosis on December 22, 2006. Just a few days before Christmas and her first birthday. In the simplest terms, Madigan's spine is collapsing. She has hemivertebrae that are interfering with the way her spine is growing. Hemivertebrae are vertebrae that are shaped as triangles instead of squares. She has hemivertebrae at C7 on the right, T5 on the right, T9 on the left and we don't have a CT scan to really assess the rest if there are some others hidden in there. In addition, she has a bar that is at least from T2 to T5 and maybe goes from T2 down to T8. Again, the CT scan will tell us more. She also has fused ribs at T2-T3 and T4-T5. Oh opps she has Syrinx. It is a bulge in the spinal cord that could swell and not allow fluid to pass through. This could cause brain damage. But Madigan's is unusually long so the 3, yes 3, neurosurgeons she has seen do not feel it is a problem at this time. It will be closely watched.

Update: She had spinal cord surgery 2/11/09 to shunt her thoracic syrinx. It left her with an incision from the nape of her neck to her lower thoracic area. It was her first surgery ever and very difficult on her but she was tough and showed us all she can do this.

I am proud to say that the Doctors that we have meet have praised us for the great job with due diligence searching around for all of Madigans options. We, my husband and I, have agreed that the VEPTR ( VEPTR.com ) procedure is what's best for our baby at this time. The proposed procedure would be an expansion thoracoplasty on the left with a hybrid device from T2-T3 down to T12 or L1 and a lateral device from approximately T2-T3 down to T8-T9. Depending on how that looks, then Dr. Betz and his team would propose approximately three months later, if needed,, to do a titanium rib on the opposite side from approximately T6-T7 down to L3. That will be decided at a later time.

Update: Dr Amer Samdani is now Madigan's primary surgeon and he has opted to do a bilateral (both sides)VEPTR from just below her shoulders to the crest of her hips. It will rest on her iliac crest and not be fasten to anything. I do believe this is a new procedure and only used in severe cases. If I am wrong please leave me a message.

Possibly, no definately most important, we want to acknowledge the Lord, our families and friends and the prayer chains that extend literally from coast to coast and the support Madigan has already received during this difficult, confusing time the show of support has been almost as overwhelming as the Scoliosis itself.There is no way any of us can ever thank all of you enough.

Update: madigan had spinal cord surgery @ St Christophers children's hospital 2/09
            She also underwent her Bilateral VEPTR surgery @  Shriner's on 4/24/2009 She is an amazing child and we are very proud of her and her siblings for being so strong!

update 4/11/11 Madigan had her 7th spinal surgery

Latest Journal Update

Another surgery down

Sweet Madigan had her surgery Feb 4th...it was yucky. She had many issues while she was in the hospital vomiting, severe headaches and extreme pain.
They removed about 2/3 of her right hip and placed 2 new rods to help hold her up.
Sir William guesses her mid thoracic curve us about 90 degrees again, that's where we had started this journey frown emoticon She's several weeks out and finally getting up and moving a bit more. 
It's been a rough few weeks, sheeewww!!!
Thank you all for loving her!
Forgive us for not updating, cell phone hasn't liked the pages app for FB. AT&T sent a refurbished one so let's hope it's okay now..
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1 Comment

Lori Carter
By Lori
Many hugs and prayers for your whole family! It's so hard to take those steps backward, as we are experiencing too. Faith will get us through these trying times! May God Bless you all!