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Mark Leslie Revisited
By Kevin Devlin

     Mark Lesslie, 5, was featured in SBOL on February 9. As written previously, Mark was born without kneecaps. He also has Arnold Chiari Malformation. This is a condition in which the cerebellum, the back part of the brain, the cerebellar tonsils, “slips” into the space where the spinal cord travels into the skull. This “crowding” can result in a restriction in the flow of cerebral spinal fluid into the brain and vice versa. Symptoms are varied and wide, but can include back pain, as well as fatigue and dizziness.

     Surgery is the only way to cure this condition, and surgery it was for our Courageous Little Dragon. Mark successfully underwent surgery to rectify this Arnold Chiari Malformation on February 8.

     On returning home from the hospital after the surgery, Mark didn’t ask his mom Susan to take him to McDonalds or Sully’s, but to the Ultimate Self-Defense and Performance Center on West Broadway. Mark wanted to see some of his Karate mates, as well as Director Andrea Muccini. You see, Mark loves his Karate classes, his Karate friends and instructors. Then, on March 6, Mark was given the go-ahead by his doctor to resume Karate classes in a modified fashion.

     His mom Susan would like to thank the many people she subsequently met around Southie, people she didn’t even know, but people who read the story on February 9 and said they prayed and thought about her son.

     “I couldn’t believe how many people came up to me,” said Susan. “I would be shopping with Mark in Brooks or Stop and Shop on Broadway. People I didn’t even know would walk up to me and ask if Mark was the boy in the paper. Many people said that they said prayers for Mark to have a successful operation. I just want to thank them for their thoughts, considerations, and their prayers. It was really wonderful how caring and thoughtful they were to us.”



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