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Patient shows gratitude for scoliosis care and support

Sells awareness bracelets and donates proceeds

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia is committed to offering our patients the best specialized care and multiple treatment options for scoliosis. From common idiopathic adolescent scoliosis to the most complex young spine deformities, we believe each child deserves an individualized treatment plan utilizing the most advanced and innovative techniques. Our focus is early detection and fusionless treatments for the growing spine, as well as minimally invasive (non-fusion)-to-advanced surgical techniques for children who require spinal fusions. The spine team takes a fully integrated approach to the treatment of pediatric spine conditions.

Meet Brandon

Brandon was diagnosed with progressive scoliosis. Upon learning of his condition, Brandon's mother, Stephanie, did extensive research to better understand her son's options for treatment. Being more informed, she sought care from Amer Samdani, M.D., chief of surgery at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital (since 2014).

Before Brandon had spinal fusion surgery, he decided that following surgery he would express his gratitude for the excellent care provided by Dr. Samdani and the hospital staff with more than verbal expression. And, that he would show his gratitude for the financial support he received for his operation.

Brandon decided that he and his sister would sell bracelets and donate all proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children! A few days after his surgery, standing 3 inches taller since his spine straightening, he and his sister did just that – presenting a check for $1,550.

Stephanie is grateful for the compassionate and personalized care her son received, stating, “To say we are blessed is an understatement! We have made so many visits to Shriners Hospitals for Children over the years and when you walk the halls and meet the children, you are impacted in ways we can’t describe. The cases that the hospital takes on related to neuromusculoskeletal conditions and other special health care needs, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, is a Godsend for so many families.”

To find out more about our scoliosis care, visit our Spine care page.


Brandon's care team

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Pictured (top right): Brandon (left) presents his check to Physical Therapist Joe Hyun

Pictured (above, top): Brandon and his care team; (above, bottom): Fundraising bracelets

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