Dr. Mehbod and world-renowned spine surgeon John Lonstein, together with a team of 15+ healthcare professionals, performed four surgeries on Cheesta, removing two ribs and three discs and straightening her spine. In all, she spent 24+ hours in surgery.
As part of the procedure, the doctors fitted Cheesta with a halo, to which weights were attached to straighten her spine. Through all of this, she was courageous…with her hands tied to the bed, she still tried to clap when she got good news, she would shed silent tears during setbacks, and would even stick out her tongue on cue when told to make fun of her visitors.
After 41 days in Pediatric Intensive Care, Cheesta was eventually discharged and has now returned home to Iran. She has an excellent prognosis, thanks to all those in the chain of hope that stretched from Iran, through Dubai to the United States and back home again.
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