Teenager off for corrective surgery

It’s going to be a challenging new year for Cory Gosselin of Fort Frances as he heads to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children next week to undergo treatment for his scoliosis.
The 15-year-old, along with his parents, Carey and Cindy, will fly to Toronto on Tuesday, with testing being done Jan. 8-9. His surgery is slated Jan. 12.
And depending on what happens, Gosselin could be in traction for two to three weeks–or six to eight.
With the first surgery, doctors will take out seven of his ribs, three inches wide, as well as some discs and hardware that was previously installed. If there is some movement and doctors feel they can get some correction in the spine, that surgery will last nine hours.
“If there’s movement, they’re going to put him in traction for two to three weeks,” Cindy Gosselin explained, noting that should get the spine to where they want it before a second surgery.
But if they don’t think there will be movement nine hours into the operation, Gosselin will have to undergo seven more hours of surgery and then be put in traction for the longer period.
So far, fundraising efforts have pulled in $4,500 to help the family cover expenses while in Toronto.
“It’s slow but everything helps,” his mother said.
She explained the travel grant covers two $511 return plane tickets for Cory and one parent. But it doesn’t include accommodations, meals or any other expenses–such as taxis–they may encounter.
Fortunately, she added, the hotel near the hospital reduced its rate from $150 to $55 a night because they were there with their son.
Originally, only Cindy was going to stay in Toronto, with Carey flying down when Cory had his surgery. But now both parents have decided they will stay for the duration.
She said they both wanted to be there for their son, admitting her husband wouldn’t be able to his concentrate on his work while they were gone anyhow.
Meanwhile, with the surgery fast approaching, Gosselin admitted the family was getting a little nervous.
“It’s getting close now so things go through your mind,” she said, but stressed the family was holding up okay.
“We have to,” she added.