Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient Stories and News


Meet Sam

For years, a brain tumor and epilepsy made school and basketball difficult, but they didn’t keep Sam off the court. Brain surgeries at Children’s helped him take his game to the next level.

Meet Teniyah

After being diagnosed with illnesses ranging from migraines to the flu, she came to Children's where physicians found the real cause: a brain tumor.

Meet Jessica

Jessica fell head first onto a concrete slab and was transported to Children’s in a coma. She underwent an immediate craniotomy. After extensive rehabilitation, she beat the odds and went home.

Meet Jimmy

Jimmy has petit mal seizures, or absence of seizures, that would last a few second and cause him to start off into space. Doctors at Children's removed a benign tumor an inch and a half away from Jimmy's speech center and cured his epilepsy.

Meet Emily

Through hard work in physical therapy at Children’s, Emily is recovering from ataxia and getting another chance to play with her two siblings.

Video: Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

Andee's StoryView

Andee was brought to Children's after having severe headaches. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare acquired brain injury that required surgery. Watch Andee’s journey with Children’s.


Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor (3 Related Videos)

Abby's Story: A Brave TeenView Comeback Athlete: Audrey Lockstedt (January)View Children's Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor ProgramView

From pediatric neurosurgery to rehabilitation, our team of doctors, researchers and many other pediatric-trained specialists provide comprehensive care for children with brain and spinal cord tumors.


Craniosynostosis (5 Related Videos)

Michael’s Journey with CraniosynostosisView Coronal SynostosisView Lambdoid SynostosisView Metopic SynostosisView Sagittal SynostosisView

Craniosynostosis happens when bones in an infant's skull fuse too soon, which can cause problems with brain and skull growth. Our neurosurgeons understand how to treat babies with craniosynostosis.


Video: Epilepsy Surgery

Sam's Journey with Epilepsy SurgeryView

Sam was diagnosed with a brain tumor that caused him to suffer seizures. Our Epilepsy Center team worked with Sam to find treatment options.


Video: Hydrocephalus

Meet Parker: Exceeding All HopesView

Parker was born with craniostenosis and hydrocephalus. He underwent surgery where our surgeons placed a shunt in his brain to drain the excess fluid, allowing it to grow and develop naturally, in addition to a series of surgeries to correct his skull.


Spine Surgery (2 Related Videos)

Thompson’s Journey with Spine SurgeryView 2014 November Comeback Athlete: Will KimseyView

Our Neuro Spine Care for Kids Program includes neurosurgeons and other specialists who work together to provide care to children with spinal conditions.


Traumatic Brain Injury (2 Related Videos)

A Remarkable Recovery After a Devastating FallView Meet Marcus: CMN Miracle ChildView

Children’s has the only dedicated pediatric Level I and Level II trauma centers in the state. Our Pediatric Neurocritical Care team has neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, neuro-intensivists, neurologists and neuroradiologists working together to care for babies, children and teens. Watch Allison and Marcus’s journeys with our Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program.


Video: Brain Tumor Research

Brain Tumor ResearchView

Doctors at Children’s are collaborating on several research projects for pediatric brain tumors including the Tumor Excavation Project, which could be a game-changer for kids and teens who have tumors that are considered inoperable. Our goal is try to move deep-seeded tumors to a place where they can be operable or killed. 


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