After 13 dreadful hours in a waiting room, we finally have an update on Ty's surgery. We met with the surgeons around 9PM last night, spent time with our boy in ICU overnight, and we are happy to share information first thing this morning.
One of the neurosurgeons at NYU said this surgery was the first 10 yards in the marathon we have ahead, and I am pleased to report that our tough little guy is off to a GREAT start. The surgeons at Cohen's Children's hospital did what no other neurosurgeon in NYC thought possible -- they removed almost the entire tumor endoscopically, so it was least invasive and he will have a faster recovery. They also resected the tumor without having to remove any additional bone in Ty's spine which is great because that means he may not need a surgical fusion -- another feat that the other surgeons said couldn't be avoided.
We still have a difficult road ahead. First, we are concerned with serious infection, menengitis, as a result of a CSF leak that occurred during surgery. This week Ty is likely to run high fevers and become very ill. Once we get that under control, the pathology will be shared across the best of the best oncologists at Johns Hopkins, Sloan Kettering, NYU, etc. and we will begin to plan our next steps in the treatment process. Thanks for your love and prayers. We will keep you posted.