While Ben’s parents were planning their upcoming December trip back to New York for more surgery for our little trooper, they received great news. Dr. B. called today and said that after studying the latest images from Ben’s recent MRIs, he sees no need for the surgery. The new fistula that had formed in Ben’s brain is now nowhere to be found!
In May, Dr. B. had said that the new fistula had formed because of pressure in the brain caused by the unexpected reopening of the original fistula. He further told Ben’s parents that the new fistula might heal itself after the surgery was done to repair the reopened original fistula. And it has!
Here’s what Ben’s dad said tonight:
The MRI looked so good that, unless Ben develops new symptoms, we do not have to go back to NYC in December for a six-month check-up. As long as Ben continues to improve and remains symptom free, we do not need to do anything until April or May of 2016.
Thank you all so much for your constant thoughts and prayers for Ben and our whole family. Please do not stop, they are definitely working!!! I am so glad God made our little boy Ben Strong!!!!
In the meantime, Ben’s story continues to make its way around the world. Not only has his story appeared on major news websites here in the U.S., as well as on BuzzFeed and many inspirational websites, but it also is showing up on websites around the world. Here’s a sampling:
A Spanish language website in the U.S.
Our family’s hope is that Ben’s story will be an inspiration to other families with a child diagnosed with dural arteriovenous fistula. As a sports story, we hope that it will show how a high school football team in a little town in Georgia made a child’s dream come true. And for everyone who reads Ben’s story or sees the “viral video” or the news broadcasts out of Atlanta or Chattanooga, we hope that Ben’s courage in falling down and getting up, and falling down again and getting up again, will be an encouragement to “keep on keeping on” towards whatever goal is in sight.
Soli Deo Gloria ! #BenStrong