Avery Bishop underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure a month ago to relieve the tightness in her muscles from her quadriplegic spastic cereal palsy that makes her unable to walk independently.
Up until this year, no one has ever told the Adrienne Bishop that her 6-year-old daughter would be able to walk. A few months and one revolutionary surgery later, and that dream is looking more and more like reality.
Avery Bishop, who has quadriplegic spastic cereal palsy, had a selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure a month ago to help relieve the spasticity and tightness in her muscles that makes it hard for her to walk without the assistance of a walker. Thanks to this procedure, her mom says she should be able to walk independently in a year.
“It takes about a month to get to pre-op levels,” Adrienne Bishop said. “So we’re kind of just getting back to where she was before. She’s going to Easter Seals for physical therapy five days a week. We’re working on strength training.”
In order to pay for the surgery — which was done at St. Louis Children’s Hospital — the Bishops had to raise nearly $40,000 from the community. They held yard sales, had fundraisers and reached out to people via Facebook to get the help they needed.
“We were there for a week, and she didn’t want to come home,” Adrienne Bishop chuckled. "It was the first time we met the surgeon, so that was really amazing. People come from all over the world to see him. It was surreal that we were able to go and have the surgery."
For updates on Avery Bishop’s progress, follow the Facebook page Help Avery Bishop Walk.