The before xrays on the left were taken on August 2, 2010. The after xrays on the right were taken on October 3, 2010 while Caden was still in the hospital recovering from surgery. VEPTR Rods were surgically placed in Caden’s back on September 28, 2010 at the Medical University of South Carolina.


The primary purpose of this VEPTR rod surgery is to prevent the spine from crowding the heart and lungs inside the chest cavity. Caden will have to have surgery about every 6-9 months to adjust the rods as his body grows.  The curve of the scoliosis in August was measured at approximately 75 degrees. We do not know the current post surgery curve measurement, but it is estimated at less than 40 degrees. We do know that Caden gained 1 3/4 inches in height as a result of this surgery.

  • Gary & Anne Marie

    rejoicing with you and looking forward to seeing Caden’s progress at SEFC!

  • Elriza Paul

    Hi there, stumbled accross your blog. Just wanted to say that Caden is gorgeous and true to his name, looks like a real little fighter. Good luck with everything that lies ahead and may God bless every step of your journey.

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