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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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Spinal Subtraction Surgery | When Less Offers More
Born with spina bifida and tethered spinal cord, Keturah had a childhood of multiple spinal surgeries, many hospital stays and severe pain. As a young adult, she did not expect to find a specialist who could offer a novel solution — and essentially change the course of her life.
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.
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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Discovering a Meningioma by Accident | Peter’s Story
When Peter fell down stairs and hit his head, he didn’t expect it to save his life. An imaging study revealed a skull base meningioma — a benign tumor of the covering of the brain. He sought care from neurosurgeon Raj Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H., who performed a minimally invasive craniotomy and removed the tumor.
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.
Kidney Cancer and Chordoma: Craig’s Story
When Craig was diagnosed with cancer, he and his wife made a trip to The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Specialists in urology, oncology, neurosurgery and other areas collaborated to treat two separate tumors. Read Craig's story.
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.
Sciatic Nerve Repair | Santi's Story
Santi's sciatic nerve was severed in a boating accident, paralyzing his right leg. He and his family traveled from Texas to Baltimore, where they met with neurosurgeon Allan Belzberg and orthopaedic trauma surgeon Greg Osgood. Together, the two surgeons collaborated to offer a novel way to repair Santi's leg and get him back to the water.
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.
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.
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.Play Video:
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.
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