Kaela is officially out of her first surgery and it appears to have been very successful. During this procedure Kaela got a central line implanted in her chest. It is basically a tube that will allow for pain and other medication to be administered quickly. She was also outfitted with a halo that she will have to wear for the next 6 to 8 weeks while her spine straightens out. The surgeons cut some ligaments near her vertebrae to allow the spine to unfurl more easily. As you can see from the pictures below, the change was very dramatic. Dr. Mackenzie said it was the most dramatic change in curvature he has ever seen from a procedure like this.
Kaela is now resting in her bed in the intensive care unit of the hospital. She has weight applied to her halo so that her spine will continue to straighten. She will likely have to stay in bed for the next few days at which time she will be able to move to a wheel chair and then eventually a walker outfitted with a pulley system and weights.