Milestones for Our Miracle Boy

The latest on grandson Ben. Five years since his life-saving surgeries!

Believing for Ben

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”     (Nelson Mandela)

And boom! Just like that our miracle boy has turned 9, has just completed his first state-mandated round of end-of-grade standardized testing in school, and by the end of this week will have completed grade 3. But the most important milestone marks 5 years since his diagnosis and surgeries.

When he was only 3 years old, grandson Ben was diagnosed with dural arteriovenous fistula, a rare vascular malformation in the brain. Just after his 4th birthday he underwent two back-to-back brain surgeries to repair the fistula, and the following year was again in a life-threatening condition that required a third surgery. We view the medical care he received and his recovery as nothing short of miraculous.

He has become quite a young man: very bright and excelling academically, a baseball/soccer/basketball/ playing – rock climbing sportsman…

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. cindy knoke says:

    I am so happy for Ben & for all of his family! Awesome!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! We all are so grateful for his progress.


  2. equinoxio21 says:

    Congratulations. It is a happy anniversary. 🙂


    1. Thank you. Yes, it is a very happy anniversary!

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      1. equinoxio21 says:

        Many happy returns of the day as the English say. Or used to say?


  3. Yay, Ben! How wonderful! My hubby has an arterio-venous malformation…many procedures and surgeries and still going strong. Makes you grateful for every day. Cheers to Ben!


    1. Yes, it does make you grateful for every day. I’m glad your husband is still going strong!

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