We caught up with two of the kids: Sixteen year old Nicole Avila, who has been in the program for five years; and 14 year old Augustin Diaz, who is entering his third year. They were both enthusiastic about the program as well as their day with Dr. Ghatan.
“Dr. Ghatan is awesome,” said Nicole. “He seems very prepared and with lots of experience. He really cares about the patient’s life. The whole process of the surgery was unexpected because I thought that brain surgery was way more simple than it actually is.”
Augustin said, “At first, when I heard that I was going to see surgery, I was overwhelmed with excitement and at the same time frightened. This mask I had to wear bothered me and I felt as if I weren’t breathing well. But after the surgery began, I felt normal and even forgot I had the mask on. It was great how Dr. Ghatan explained each step that he was going to take.”
This fall, Nicole and Augustin will begin another year in the Lang Program, both with an eye toward a career in medicine. Augustin says, after seeing Dr. Ghatan at work, the field of Neurosurgery is now high on his list.
You have added pages to your clipboard. Please log in or create an account to share them or use later.
You are now being taken to Columbia Neurosurgery's site dedicated to the spine.
Use this button to save pages to your clipboard for future use.OK. Got it.