15 year old Bryan from Honduras underwent scoliosis surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles in November 2012. Nearing the age of bone maturation, physicians knew they wouldn't be able to completely straighten Bryan's severely curved spine (it made a 136 degree curve). The degree of correction depended upon the flexibility of his spine. To our amazement, Bryan had an approximate 80% correction and he stood 3 inches taller. Bryan's recovery was uneventful and he returned to his family in Honduras in February 2013. HTCAZ thanks Dr. Kit Song, Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles and the Phoenix El Zaribah Shriners for this life changing opportunity for Bryan. Bryan was hosted by the Ricketts family.

Bryan meets his host family, Bob and Johanna Ricketts
Bryan’s spine before surgery
Bryan’s spine after surgery
Bryan with Dr. Song and his nurse saying thank you and goodbye