My Doernbecher Story

Ryan's Story

OHSU Doernbecher and Dr. Nathan Selden (and team) helped our 11yo little girl, Ryan, conquer Chiari Malformation! Here is Ry-Ry Butterfly wearing Chiari purple atop the tram platform on 1/7/15, eight months after our Chiari journey began, and following an excellent prognosis at her follow-up evaluation! She had brain decompression surgery with duraplasty and laminectomy, so she's the kind of Chiari Warrior who gets to call herself a Zipperhead! From debilitating and dangerous symptoms to a full and active, normal lifestyle ahead, we are grateful to everyone at OHSU Doernbecher and the Ronald McDonald House for so capably and compassionately seeing us through this difficult season and all its scary details to an excellent outcome.

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