November 5, 2022, Bravio, a 14 y.o. male from Chisec, Department of Cobán, Guatemala, will be arriving in Indiana, along with his father, to regain his quality of life.
When Bravio was 7 years old, he had surgery on two fingers (Syndactyly), of one hand and the doctor who performed the surgery told his parents he had another issue, which was in his spine and he would examine him later. As time went by, Bravio’s parents saw that his spine was getting worse and they asked the National Hospital of Guatemala to refer him to a specialty clinic. They were referred to the National Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in 2018, wherein he saw Dr. Rosales. He was diagnosed with Compensated Dorsolumbar Scoliosis. Bravio has an eighty-five degree curve and has had this medical condition since birth.
On November 7, 2022, Drs. Kraemer and McCarthy will be performing surgery on Bravio, to help straighten his spine. A surgery like this would be hard to perform in Guatemala due to the lack of technology and equipment.
In 2023, Indiana Spine Group partners with Faith in Practice (www.FaithInPractice.org) to provide a team of spine experts who will travel to Antiqua, Guatemala. These experts will perform spine surgery and minimally invasive spine procedures to those in need and identify children who need advanced care in the United States.
June 10, 2023- The Scoli Project Fundraiser; Lucas Estate, Carmel, IN; Details coming soon.