Local teen successfully receives back surgery after multiple cancellations

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Devin Gallant celebrated his 15th birthday on Saturday, the day after receiving back sur…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Devin Gallant celebrated his 15th birthday on Saturday, the day after receiving back surgery to correct the curvature in his spine caused by Type-3 Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

While staying at the BC Children’s Hospital since January 20th for intensive therapy, the Gallant family received news last Tuesday that he had been scheduled for surgery after four cancellations.

Devin’s mom, Mandy, says the surgery went well, but he has a long road of recovery ahead of him.

“He’s the strongest kid we know. We are so proud of him,” said Mandy in a Facebook group post dedicated to Devin’s journey.

Devin had rods installed in his back due to scoliosis caused by SMA, which he was diagnosed with when he was three years old. He had around a 95-degree curve in his spine before surgery.

He was released from intensive care less than 24 hours after his surgery and was moved to another hospital unit.

Devin was surrounded by love and well wishes on his birthday, even receiving some calls and Cameo’s from former and current Toronto Blue Jays and Maple Leaf players.

In more good news for the family, Mandy said last Tuesday that the paperwork had also been signed to begin the treatment process.

Mandy has been fighting for three years to access available drug treatments for people with SMA. The family was previously denied coverage in BC because of Devin’s age and that he could walk, despite it being only a few steps.

A GoFundMe was created to help the family with costs that have accumulated over the past year, including travel, and needed equipment for Devin.

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