Ethan im­proves daily

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Krystin McHugh The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Ethan Is­ley, Drumheller’s lit­tlest war­rior, un­der­went fe­tal surgery April 30, 2014 in Philadel­phia after be­ing di­ag­nosed with Spina Bi­fida. Since then, has come a long way since the surgery at 23 weeks ges­ta­tion.

Mom, Nikki Is­ley said, “He be­gan walk­ing with a loaner walker from The Lend­ing Cup­board in Red Deer in June, and has now been ap­proved to get his own walker! The new one has been or­dered, and we are await­ing its ar­rival.” se­dated MRI. He's has lots of fast MRIs that were quick and didn't need se­dat­ing.” Nikki said, “This one was two hours and he had to be se­dated for it.”

Dur­ing the MRI they found a few cysts in his back and the MRI images were sent to his fe­tal sur­geon in Philadel­phia to view and de­cide if they need to be sur­gi­cally re­moved.

“We will be able to do the surgery at Al­berta Chil­dren's Hospi­tal if it's needed, but we need the fe­tal sur­geon's opin­ion since the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal doesn't have very many fe­tal surgery kids.” Nikki told the Mail.

“De­spite all that, he is do­ing quite well!” Nikki said, “He en­joys run­ning around with his walker out­side, chas­ing his sis­ters and the neigh­bour girls, and be­ing a pretty typ­i­cal boy!”

Ethan Is­ley, Drumheller’s lit­tlest war­rior is not so lit­tle any­more. The two-year-old en­joys run­ning around with his walker out­side, chas­ing his sis­ters and the girls in his neigh­bour­hood.

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