Donna Spearman’s Story — Living Life to the Fullest After 14-Hour Spine Surgery

At age 14, Donna Spearman had a stainless steel Harrington rod implanted along her spinal column to treat scoliosis. At that time, her spine’s 60 degree curvature was progressing rapidly. During the procedure, a major portion of her spine was fused, and she was left with only two functioning lumbar discs at the base of…

Dave Charlebois’ Story — Pain-free One Day After Spine Surgery

Last January, while clearing the snow from his roof, Dave Charlebois was learning on a ladder with one foot on the gutter when he suddenly slipped and tumbled nine feet to the ground. Having fallen between the ladder and the gutter, he landed on his left heel—the same heel that he had previously fractured while…

Madilynn Gore’s Story — A Straighter Spine After Fusion Surgery for Scoliosis

Madilynn Gore was 12 years old when she first noticed that her left rib was elevated when she laid flat on her back. She went to see a physician who diagnosed the curve in her spine as scoliosis. By the following year, the curve had grown worse, and her physician recommended a back brace to…

Mike McDonald’s Story — Climbing Mt. Everest After Knee Surgery

Colorado outdoorsman, Mike McDonald, was ice climbing in Colorado Springs to prepare for an ascent of Mt. Everest in fall 2002 when his crampon loosened, causing him to slip. McDonald tore the cartilage in his left knee. After the accident, he was in constant pain and could hardly walk, even with crutches. The mountaineer went…