Ryder Brown, 3, is working hard with therapists in our rehabilitation department to recover from surgery to remove a brain tumor March 8. Occupational therapist Giavonna Difranco encourages Ryder to knock over a tower of blocks. Exercises like this are designed to help Ryder regain movement in his arms and hands.
Ryder has Posterior Fossa Syndrome, which occurs to some children who have surgery in the back of the brain. His Dad, Mike Brown, said Ryder has made great strides in regaining his abilities since the tumor was removed by pediatric neurosurgeons Drs. Tsulee Chen and Gwyneth Hughes.
“We’re just waiting for those signals from his brain to the rest of his body to come back,” said Mike, of Akron. “For some kids, it only takes 6 days to recover, for others, you’re looking at 52 months. Only time will tell. Things can change pretty quick. We went to not moving his arms and legs at all to getting where we are today.”
This huge LeBron James fan starts chemo next week and is hoping to get back to playing sports and having adventures, like his favorite super heroes, the Avengers. He’s working hard to get back home to his family, including mom Sara and little brother, Emmitt.