Rathana is a fourteen-year-old boy who enjoys studying math, and hopes to work in international technology when he grows up. He has one younger sister, and his favorite activities include reading books, exercising with his mother, spending time with his friends, and watching movies.
Rathana was born with congenital scoliosis, and is unable to walk for long periods of time, has difficulty breathing, and cannot sleep well.
For the past two months, Rathana has been in a halo gravity traction to assist in lengthening his spine prior to his surgery. Surgery will place a growing rod in his spine to straighten out Rathana’s spine and achieve maximum correction of his spinal curvature.
He will be able to walk, sleep, and breathe easily again. He looks forward to returning to his studies and reuniting with his friends.
His mother shared, “I hope that my son’s operation will go well and he will be able to do things independently again, and I will no longer have to worry about him and can return to my work.”