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Meet Teddy: 40 brain surgeries can’t keep this #CohenHero from the baseball field

 “A couple of weeks into Teddy’s stay in the neonatal intensive care unit they told us they needed to operate or he wouldn’t make it,” say Andrea Moore, Teddy’s mother.

A shunt to drain spinal fluid required multiple surgeries

Born at 27 weeks with his twin sister, Teddy suffered a brain bleed that caused hydrocephalus, with dangerous amounts of spinal fluid rapidly collecting around his brain. Cohen Children’s neurosurgeons drained the fluid and, in a subsequent surgery, inserted a shunt so the fluid would continue draining.

quotation mark We’re not here because it beats a day at the beach! We’re here because we have to be here and know our children are getting the best care they can get.
Teddy's mom

Before he turned two, Teddy endured 21 brain surgeries. But it was his fortieth surgery, at age 11, that made the impossible possible. Pediatric neurosurgeon Shaun Rodgers, MD, “did the thing that my whole entire family never thought would happen,” says Teddy. “He made me shunt-free.”

Being shunt-free gives Teddy the freedom to play

Removing the shunt delivered new freedom. “I think of things he can do that he couldn’t do before and I’ve seen improvements,” says Andrea. “Teddy hitting a double on the baseball field. I was bawling my eyes out. Other moms were looking at me and I was like, ‘You don’t understand; they told me he wouldn’t walk.’ It was just amazing.”

“I've said this all along, that Cohen Children’s doesn’t just treat the patient, they treat the whole family,” says Andrea. “And it’s so important because really nobody wants to be here. We’re not here because it beats a day at the beach! We’re here because we have to be here and know our children are getting the best care they can get.”

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