Audra is doing great. One of our biggest concerns was that the damage to the spinal column would be permanent. The surgery removed the tumor, the #7 vertebrae and fused #6 and 8 together. There was nothing the doctors could do for the damage done to the spinal column. They and us could just hope and pray that her spinal column recovered naturally. Audra being young helped. Happy to report that she is already walking better than she did before the surgery. She is doing so well that we are starting to nag her about math and things like that.
I am off to Uganda today for 2 weeks, when I get back Audra will start some radiation treatments. The doctors gave us a copy of the slide show presentation of Audra’s surgery that they presented to a gathering of neurological surgeons. This was Dr. Sontag’s and Burrow’s 10th such surgery. The Mao clinic on the East Coast has done 25 since the 1950’s.
Here are a few Audra pictures: with our first dissected pit viper in Zambia, looking cool, and Audra getting ready to bungi jump off of the bridge at Victoria Falls.