Valley teen stands tall after battling congenital scoliosis

Jeremiah Cardona expressed his appreciation for Driscoll Children's Hospital
Jeremiah Cardona His Mom

Jeremiah Cardona is now a healthy, active teenager, thanks to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Photographed are Jeremiah and his mother, Sochic Contreras.

WESLACO, Texas – Jeremiah Cardona from Weslaco, Texas was born with congenital scoliosis, which causes a curvature in his back. He was having difficulty sleeping and experiencing pain while lying down. Thanks to the help from Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Cardona, 14, is now able to stand tall.

Jeremiah’s mother released the following statement:

“He was not a regular little kid. He would cry all the time. Everything hurt. He didn’t even know where the hurting came from. He just knew it hurt and it hurt everywhere,” said Sochic Contreras, Jeremiah’s mom.

Cardona’s hips were unaligned due to congenital scoliosis. One of his legs was also longer than the other. He would trip all the time while walking and had difficulty running. Cardona experienced constant pain.

Jeremiah received a diagnosis at the age of three. His family then met with Christopher Comstock, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. They worked together and determined that surgery is the best option to help keep Cardona’s condition from worsening.

Cardona, at the age of five, came to Driscoll Children’s Hospital for a surgical procedure to correct his scoliosis. Dr. Comstock would perform the procedure as his orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Comstock released the following statement:

“We had to treat Jeremiah’s congenital scoliosis with surgery from both the front and back of his spine on the same day. This was quite an extensive operation for such a young boy but he and his family handled it all beautifully,” said Dr. Comstock.

Driscoll’s pediatric orthopedic surgeons have extensive training. They also have experience in using some of the most advanced types of surgical instrumentation and techniques to correct scoliosis, spinal deformities and many other orthopedic conditions.

Cardona is thankful for choosing Driscoll Children’s Hospital to perform his procedure.

Jeremiah released the following statement:

“It helped with the curvature. After a while, I learned how to walk again and it helped a lot. I was able to sleep better,” he said.

“Ever since we have started with Driscoll they have just been wonderful. They have helped him a lot. Everyone at Driscoll is very friendly, Dr. Comstock is very friendly; he always has answers. They are like family,” said Sochic.

Dr.Comstock expressed similar feelings towards Jeremiah and his family.

“It has been a true pleasure to help with his care and watch him mature over the past several years,” he said.

You can learn more about the Driscoll Children’s Hospital Orthopaedic Service Department by visiting https://www.driscollchildrens.org/specialties/orthopaedics