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Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient Stories

With a team of internationally recognized pediatric neurosurgeons – our pediatric patients have access to the latest treatments available as well as compassionate family-centered care. View all stories.

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Chiari Malformation: Adelynn's Story

As a baby, Adelynn was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation that was interfering with her ability to eat, sleep and breathe. Her family made the trip from South Carolina to Johns Hopkins, where they met with experts in pulmonology, pediatric otolaryngology and pediatric neurosurgery, including pediatric neurosurgeon Eric Jackson, M.D. Learn more about Adelynn's story.

Pediatric Brain Tumor: Declan's Story

Five-year-old Declan had an MRI to monitor a growth hormone deficiency. Afterward, his parents got shocking news: The scan showed Declan had a large craniopharyngioma brain tumor. The family found themselves at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where Declan had brain surgery the next day. Watch neurosurgeon Alan Cohen and the pediatric neurosurgical team discuss how they removed this tumor.


Brain Tumor Center Patient Stories

With thousands of neurosurgeries performed each year– our patients have access to the most highly specialized care available. See the personal stories shared by our brain tumor surgery patients. View all stories.

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Metastatic Brain Tumor: Janis' Story

A strong woman, her surgeon and a multidisciplinary team take on a stubborn metastatic brain tumor.

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Spine Center Patient Stories

While each patient’s treatment experience is unique, we hope that by sharing these spine surgery stories, you will see why people come to Johns Hopkins for world-renowned, individualized care. View all stories.

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Degenerative Disk Disease: Jan’s Story

At 78, Jan Greer wanted to stay active and athletic. Herniated disks, stenosis and other degenerative back problems were causing him unbearable pain. When the pain became too much to bear, he turned to Dr. Ali Bydon at Johns Hopkins. Read Jan's story.

Pedro Gill

Thoracic Disc Herniation: Pedro's Story

Pedro Gil was hardly able to move before he came to Johns Hopkins. His thoracic herniated disc had calcified, turning to bone, and causing excruciating pain, weakness, numbness and even paralysis. Other doctors told Pedro he might never walk again. At Johns Hopkins, the message was different. Read Pedro's story.

Cerebrovascular Surgery Patient Stories

Our comprehensive team of cerebrovascular specialists including neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and neurologists, is dedicated to providing the best care and outcomes to our patients with cerebrovascular disorders. View all stories.

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FAST Response to Stroke Symptoms and tPA Saves a Life | Althea’s Story

Recognizing the signs of a stroke and getting to The Johns Hopkins Hospital quickly meant Althea got the clot-busting medication tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which saved her life. Watch her story to learn what you can do in a similar situation and how the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Stroke Center is continually making research advances in stroke treatments.


Aneurysm: Brianna's Story

California teenager Brianna Atkins faced the reality of a life-threatening brain aneurysm with little hope for treatment options. Johns Hopkins aneurysm experts used an innovative, minimally invasive flow diversion approach that gave Brianna the chance to lead a normal life.

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Aneurysm: Laurie's Story

When Laurie Jean Cannady faced surgery for a brain aneurysm, it felt like more than she could handle. But she found the options she needed and an innovative new procedure.

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Epilepsy Surgery Patient Stories

Surgery for epilepsy may sound drastic, but operative procedures may offer lasting relief for seizures that can't be controlled with medications. See how experts at the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center offer hope to patients with challenging seizures.

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Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: Morgan's Story

Daily epileptic seizures were severely affecting Morgan’s quality of life as a teenager in middle school. When her family learned she would need surgery for her epilepsy, they turned to pediatric neurosurgeon Shenandoah “Dody” Robinson at Johns Hopkins. Once the precise location in Morgan’s brain where the seizures were originating was located through imaging, laser ablation surgery removed the culprit lesion, leaving her seizure-free.

Functional Neurosurgery Patient Stories

People diagnosed with movement disorders such as dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, and conditions like epilepsy may benefit from surgery. Watch to see why patients seek the expertise of Johns Hopkins neurologists and neurosurgeons.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia: Michelle's Story

Michelle's debilitating facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia prevented her from enjoying even simple pleasures. See how microvascular decompression surgery performed by Dr. Michael Lim gave Michelle her life back


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