Grandson Ben turns four years old on May 12, and three days later he and his parents will fly from Georgia to New York City for his neurosurgery. Is it terrible for this grandmother to be excited about this? I so want this precious child to be completely healed. We have been so distraught and worried, not knowing when or where the surgery would take place, and knowing has brought a sense of relief.
Dr. Alejandro Berenstein, the world’s foremost pediatric endovascular neurosurgeon has reviewed Ben’s case and the results of the tests done at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He phoned my son-in-law two days ago and said that he personally would do the surgery to correct the AV fistula in Ben’s brain. From what we understand, Dr. Berenstein actually developed the procedure that he will be using and that now is used worldwide to correct this type of problem.
Ben will meet with the doctor on Friday, May 16 and then will have the weekend to be with his mom and dad in New York City before the surgery takes place the following Monday. By coincidence, Ben’s uncle J. from Florida will be in New York on business at that time and had already planned to take his daughter, one of Ben’s favorite cousins, with him on the trip. What a blessing that Ben will have his uncle and cousin there for the weekend!
In the meantime, there are ongoing fundraisers to help defray medical costs, including a benefit auction that already has been held and an upcoming Benefit for Ben event with live music, raffles, and other activities.
Family, friends, neighbors, colleagues at work, and church congregations have rallied around Ben and his parents. Automobile magnets have been ordered, asking for prayers.
And Ben’s mom and dad are working hard to fulfill orders for “Ben bracelets” that people are wearing to remind them to keep him in their thoughts and prayers daily.
Many thanks to everyone who continues to ask about Ben. Please continue to remember him as as he undergoes this neurosurgery.