Following 5-Year-Old Abbee Through Her 10th VEPTR Surgery
This Little Victor let her fans come along for her surgery at Mott Children’s Hospital — from arrival to recovery.
Abbee is no stranger to hospitals.
The 5-year-old was born with an asymmetrical rib cage and scoliosis that prevents her lungs from growing properly — a condition known as thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
Which is why Abbee relies on a VEPTR (vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib) that requires periodic surgery. When adjusted, the device helps expand a recipient's rib cage and straighten their spine.
Here's a look at her recent visit, retold in a series of tweets from @MottChildren: