Having a first child can be both a thrilling and frightening experience, as it was for mom-to-be Alexis. At 20 weeks pregnant, Alexis was placed on bed rest for a high-risk pregnancy, and due to complications during labor, gave birth to her son Ilan by cesarean section at 38 weeks. Within the first days of Ilan’s arrival, Alexis noticed that his head seemed contorted to one side, but she was assured any trauma to his head during delivery would sort itself out over time. It wasn’t until a follow-up pediatrician-specialist appointment that Ilan’s neck and spine irregularities were acknowledged, confirming Alexis’s suspicions.
At 8 weeks old, Ilan began weekly physical therapy as preventative treatment before a surgical route would be considered; but by 15 months, Alexis wasn’t seeing much progress in Ilan’s tilt or balance despite physical therapy. At the recommendation of a Florida specialist, Ilan was given his first Botox treatment to help relax the muscle in his neck. The Botox offered only temporary relief for Ilan and would need to be repeated to offer consistent, yet still temporary, results. As much as Alexis wanted to avoid surgery for Ilan, she wanted him to have a happy childhood free of medical issues.
In Florida, where the family lives, there are only a few specialists who could treat Ilan. A recommendation and extensive research, led them to choose Fernando Burstein, M.D.