World Spine Day

Taking place on October 16 each year, World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and well-being.

When Caleb arrived at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, he had a spinal curve of 120 degrees. Diagnosed with kyphosis, a condition in which the spine is curved and protrudes outward, Caleb’s family turned to Shriners to help for the son they recently adopted from China. In addition to kyphosis, Caleb was born with multiple congenital anomalies in his lower extremities, including clubfoot and hip dysplasia. Caleb is also deaf and is working to learn sign language.

Purnendu Gupta, M.D., chief of staff and pediatric spine surgeon, met with the hospital’s spine team and determined that operating with two surgeons would produce the best outcome. A 3D printed model of Caleb’s spine helped the team prepare. Working with 3D models allows surgeons to see the malformations from various angles.

The evening before his surgery, Caleb was feeling nervous. After seeing Caleb was uneasy, Gupta sat on the floor alongside Caleb to show him the 3D model, which helped ease the nerves.

The 10-hour surgery significantly reduced Caleb’s spinal curve and gave him several inches in height. He will continue his care with the orthopedic team at Shriners for his lower extremities.

“At Shriners, we have team of nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, care coordinators, child life specialists, recreational therapists and more who work with our patients every step of their medical journey,” says Gupta. “This team approach allows for great outcomes and recovery with the children we treat.”

Photo: Cathleen Himes
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago

To view more photos visit Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit.

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