Watch Heather and John Andrews tell their story for Barrow's 50th anniversary in 2012.


Micah's Story

Five years ago, Heather and John Andrews lived a very real nightmare, after their 2-year-old son, Micah, was severely injured in a car accident.

Micah was unresponsive after the crash, having suffered a deadly spine injury known as internal decapitation.  “The injury is almost universally fatal,” says Nicolas Theodore, MD, the neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute who saved Micah’s life.

Strong support from donors like you has enabled Barrow to perfect the lifesaving technique to treat this rare injury.  Today, the institute has saved the lives of more patients with internal decapitations than any other hospital in the world. 

Your generosity means the doctors and researchers at Barrow will have the funding they need to seek better treatments for all kinds of spine and brain disorders, including strokes, brain tumors, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and ALS.

During recovery, Micah went through physical and speech therapy for several months—retaking baby steps until he could run, and going from a five-word vocabulary to full-fledged conversations. He continues to progress through other important developmental milestones, too, just like any other healthy boy.

He doesn’t remember anything from his accident, but every year when he returns to Barrow for his annual checkup, Micah and his parents are reminded of the compassionate, loving care he received.

“I don’t think we really grasped the gravity of Micah’s injury when it was first explained. It was shocking,” says Micah’s dad, John. “But I’ll never forget what Dr. Theodore told us, just before surgery. He said, ‘I’ll take care of Micah. I’ll operate on him as if I’m operating on my own son.’”



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