Meet Kid Captain Nathan McDonald
Care continues after a ‘miracle’
Nathan’s tumors began to shrink, but before the age of 5, he began having seizures that were attributed to low blood sugar levels. Neurologists began treating Nathan with medication for the seizures and he has been seizure-free for the past five years.
More than two years ago, Nathan underwent extensive orthopedic surgeries to correct his scoliosis and kyphosis. The surgeries were successful, and Nathan gained almost 5 inches in height just from having the operation, Kylie says.
He spent two weeks in traction and was the first patient at the hospital to use a new traction walker in physical therapy that utilized weights to help him regain his balance.
“It was a learning experience for everybody,” Kylie recalls. “It was kind of a new thing. They knew it would work, but we had to learn to navigate it.”
His doctors noted that by the time of his scoliosis surgery, his tumors had disappeared.
“He’s smart. He’s super witty,” Kylie says. “Nathan is one of the most mature, caring, understanding, and loving young men you will ever meet. He has spent his entire life fighting the odds. With his disease being so rare, his story could inspire other children to fight with all they have or inspire parents to know that there is hope and light at the end of the darkest of tunnels.”