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Dr. Fried performed a delicate brain surgery on our son. He and his staff took the time to clearly explain everything to us beforehand, allowing us to make educated decisions without being overwhelmed. He related to us as individuals and always made step-by-step decisions, adjusting to the needs of our son. The entire team was there before, during, and after for support, guidance and to cheer us on in a warm, caring and professional manor.

Atara, Passaic NJ


Dr. Fried is very caring and explains all information so both my child and I understand everything completely. He is a great physician.

Joanne, Hackensack NJ

Hailie Mussinan

hailie-mussinan“Now she can be just Hailie. Not the kid with medical issues.” – Melody Mussinan

Three-year-old Hailie Mussinan of Fords, New Jersey was having headaches and was vomiting. She was taken to a few doctors, who thought she had sinus issues. However, all that changed on October 2, 2012, following an outpatient MRI at St. Peter’s Hospital. Hailie was immediately diagnosed with a brain tumor. Says her mother Melody, “They couldn’t initially tell us anything–what kind of tumor, whether she was going to live. As parents, we were petrified waiting to find out what was happening to our child.”

In the meantime, Hailie was enveloped in chaos, and immediately rushed to a hospital room and connected to IV’s. Then, several doctors came in to speak with her parents; among them Dr. Arno Fried of Advanced Neurosurgery Associates (ANA). They explained that Hailie’s condition required immediate surgery. But their manner was the “best medicine” possible in that moment. “Their demeanor and knowledge was extraordinary. Immediately it was like a weight lifting off of us,” says Melody.

In addition to a brain tumor, Hailie was also diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Her tumor, juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA), is a rare childhood brain tumor. However, Hailie’s was a low-grade cancerous tumor.

Prior to her surgeries, Hailie was a rather quiet child. She would sit on the sidelines while her sisters ran around. And while her mother just assumed that was Hailie’s personality, the pain her daughter was enduring was likely affecting her.

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Victoria Vega

For Victoria Vega and her family, there was a definitive “before & after.” Before, said her mother, Laura, in a YouTube video, “we had a normal life.” But when Victoria was five years old, she had her first epileptic seizure. By the time her seizures became regular and uncontrollable, as well as resistant to medication, her mother knew that “the best solution for her daughter was to have cerebral surgery.” That’s when Victoria and her family came encountered Dr. Arno Fried, who did Victoria’s surgery. Today, Victoria is a healthy 11-year-old.

Laura explains in the video below that it is hard to think of one’s daughter getting brain surgery; “the first feeling is terror,” as she explains. But the doctors gave her confidence. She was told me something about Victoria’s surgery that helped a lot. ‘We’re going to treat her as if she were our own daughter.’”

Following this comment, Laura says, “that was the last time I saw her convulsing.” Despite the end of the seizures however, there was a period following the surgery that Victoria had to recover. “She lost feeling in her left side and needed a walker. We were told that her recovery would be six months until she could walk normally. But when she walked into the doctor’s office seven weeks following the surgery, he was in disbelief. “He began to call her The Miracle Girl–“La Nina Milagro”, as she explains. Laura concludes by recommending her daughter’s caretakers for their sincerity and compassion. “I say from the bottom of my heart, you can go to them and find what you need.”

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Verona Wedderdurn

Verona Wedderdurn was in so much back and neck pain, she couldn’t even sit for long without being in agony. A series of doctors and an astounding 11 epidural injections later, she finally found Dr. Arien Smith of Advanced Neurosurgery Associates (ANA). Dr. Smith is a fellowship trained spine surgeon whose practice includes both adult and pediatric spinal disorders. He has the rare combination of subspecialty training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery.

After a series of surgeries, Verona sings Dr. Smith’s praises. The 69-year-old Paterson, New Jersey grandmother of ten now cares for her four youngest grandchildren full-time (ages 2-7), including walking them to and from school and cooking their meals. Her busy and gratifying life never could have happened without Dr. Smith.

“I’d give him a million dollars or more if I had it to give to him. He saved my life.”

Verona needed four various types of spinal surgeries to correct her complex problems. Surgeries such as these require instrumentation—plates and screws. Prior to this treatment, the pressure on her discs was causing such numbness in her right hand that she couldn’t use it. She had her problems since 2002 and her surgeries with Dr. Smith were in 2012 and 2013.

Her surgeries were so effective that Verona reports when other doctors saw her, they were equally impressed. “I came through with flying colors,” she reports. In fact, she did so well, she skipped extensive rehabilitation both times at a famous center to which she was prescribed and just did her rehab at home. “I have no more pain, don’t walk with a limp, and I use no cane, no brace.”

Of Dr. Smith, Verona concludes, “He’s a master surgeon; a gift from heaven.”

Verona Wedderdurn