Why Brain Surgery?
Stryder’s brain stem is kinked almost 90 degrees, where a normal brain stem is almost straight up and down. He also has the top vertebrae pointing backwards and sticking into his brain stem. Any hit in the head, minor fender bender or any trauma to the brain can cause death and his chances of falling sleep and not waking up are very high. He also has Chiari Malformation, which essentially means his brain is too big for his head, but in Stryder’s case, we believe it’s because his collagen is faulty and not holding it up in place, which is also why his brain stem is kinked. Surgery will straighten his brain stem, putting plates and screws inside to hold it all up. He will also have what is called a decompression which will make room for his brain to go so it won’t go into his spinal canal like it is now.
Because Stryder has a lot of other symptoms, we don’t know which will improve with surgery and which will just keep things from progressing. Stryder is wearing a cervical collar which has helped some of the symptoms he has had including pain, swallowing and even balance, so we are hopeful that the surgery will improve those things, if not more.
What we do know is that this brain surgery is life saving and as his top specialists said “We have NO choice!”
September is Chiari Awareness Month
Stryder is having brain surgery on October 1 with Dr. Rekate in New York at the Chiari Institute and he would love your support! Pledge $20 or more and get a T-shirt to wear on October 1 to support him. If you are not able to purchase his special T-shirt, please wear purple on October 1 and then take a picture and add it to his Facebook page or comment below. Let’s see how many people we can get to wear purple for Stryder!
The surgery will include a fusion for his cervical instability and kink on his brain stem as well as a decompression for his Chiari.
If you would rather have a different design, visit Stryder’s T-shirt store.