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Heather’s Story

“Dr. Fried’s miraculous hands have left our beautiful little girl with no neurological deficits. To look at her now, you would never know she had even endured all that she has.”

I am so honored to be able to share with you my seven-year-old daughter– Gabriella’s– incredible, miraculous journey, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Arno Fried. On October 26, 2009, our lives were changed forever… especially Gabriella’s. Gabriella had complained about headaches from time to time for a period of a year and a half. We were referred to a pediatric neurologist, who told us she needed to get a blood work-up and an MRI. On October 26, we took Gabriella for an MRI, and it was then that began every family’s nightmare—we were told that our beautiful, vivacious three-year-old daughter had a JPA brain tumor that needed to be removed immediately. It was an emergency situation because the tumor was the size of a tangerine, and it was compressing the cerebellum 90% and was also twisting the brain stem. It was a grave situation because the tumor was so large it was creating hydrocephalus, and Gabriella had an extreme amount of pressure in her little head.

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Heather Fiorentino and Family


“Stephanie’s team of surgeons included a neurosurgeon, ophthalmologist, and a pediatric plastic surgeon.
She remained in the hospital for more than three weeks after the initial surgery. By the grace of God and all the wonderful people …, she made it through.”

Nelson Aluya, Stephanie’s father