Surgery #18 in the Books for Jake Dering

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On May 7th of this year Jake had surgery on his cervical spine. We originally went to see           Dr. Krajibich at Shriners Hospital for Jake’s severe scoliosis. Through an extensive MRI and CT scan doctors determined that Jake had a 55 degree curve of his spine (very severe). They also found that he had significant narrowing of his spinal column and pressure on his brain stem. The Narrowing of his spine was an immediate concern. An injury to this area of his spine would be life threatening to Jake. Therefore in late March they placed him on a medical priority list here in Portland at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.


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