He’s a big fan of water slides and roller coasters.
When Austin was an infant, he underwent surgery for sleep apnea. A few years later, he developed a twitch and was frequently squinting. It was thought that Austin may need glasses, but the ophthalmologist suggested an MRI. The test was surprising…. it revealed that Austin has chiari malformation, in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. It occurs when part of the skull is misshapen, pressing on the brain and forcing it downward. Symptoms include dizziness, problems with balance and coordination, vision problems, headaches, muscle weakness and/or numbness. An EKG showed that he also had a heart murmur.
Having chiari malformation has its challenges. It’s tough being one of the only kids who can’t participate in contact sports. He also has difficulty sleeping due to waking up from pain. Austin has undergone many tests and has had frequent visits with sleep specialists and neurologists. He also needs continuous monitoring on a portion of his spine.
Austin enjoys reading, collecting Pokemon cards, watching soccer videos and Harry Potter. He’s also adventurous and a big fan of water slides and roller coasters.
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