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Halen's back on the court thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children

Patient celebrated spineversary with cookies

Halen's back on the court thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children

Halen, 15, brought spine cookies to celebrate her spineversary and getting back on the basketball court, thanks to the Chicago Shriners Hospital staff. One year ago Halen had spinal fusion surgery performed by Purnendu Gupta, M.D., to treat an abnormal spine curve caused by Scheuermann's kyphosis.

“Halen had excessive kyphosis, an excessive forward curvature of the spine, caused by Scheuermann’s disease,” said Dr. Gupta. “This can be treated with observation, physical therapy exercises, bracing or, if the kyphosis is significant and causing pain, through operative treatment such as a spinal fusion. 

Her mother said Halen had pain for several years prior to the surgery in 2019 to correct her 82 degree curve. After getting the T4-L4 fusion, she not only grew three inches but mom says Halen has been pain-free. Halen said the best news of her spineversary visit to Shriners Hospitals was that she was cleared to return to playing with her high school basketball team. 

The cookies were designed by an X-ray tech in their hometown in western Illinois who is familiar with spinal fusion procedures. The cookie designer even added the rods and hardware to the cookies. 

Our staff is grateful to celebrate milestones with our patients as we help them become as healthy and independent as possible. Learn more about our scoliosis and spine care for children.

staff member holding cookiesHalen with Dr. Gupta on basketball courtHalen before and after X-ray