Our son Colt had been sick for a few weeks. What doctors initially thought was migraines was getting worse – he was suffering from painful headaches and vomiting, and he seemed to be stumbling a lot. We took him to our local emergency room, and what we learned there was beyond anything we’d imagined. A CT scan identified a large tumor in his brain that was blocking his fourth ventricle. Colt was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade tumor. He was just four years old.
We were devastated. We thought it was a death sentence for our little boy.
I remember the doctors sat us down and told us they needed to operate to remove the tumor the next day. My husband and I looked at each other, and we knew we wouldn’t be comfortable having anyone other than the pediatric neurosurgeons at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital caring for our little boy.