Holmes scheduled for surgery
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Following a consultation with surgeons at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha last week, Dustin Holmes of Imperial has been scheduled for surgery.
The 18-year old will undergo surgery for at least six hours Feb. 24 at the Med Center. Neurosurgeon Dr. Michele Aizenberg will perform the surgery.
Holmes’ grandmother, Kayla Holmes, said the surgeon won’t know until she operates whether she will be able to remove two tumors that are squeezing Holmes’ spinal chord.
She may be able to remove just part of the tumors, Kayla Holmes said. However, the surgeon will remove the C1 vertebrae and maybe part of the C2 vertebrae the tumors are surrounding.
Holmes will remain at the Med Center for four to five days if all goes well, his grandmother said, and may then be relocated to a rehabilitation center.
Holmes has Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system. Tumors grow along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body.
The Chase County Schools senior was honored at a ceremony at school Feb. 9, when he was given a certificate of accomplishment. Secondary Principal Mike Sorensen said Holmes’ parents requested the presentation because he might not be able to attend his graduation in May due to the surgery.
Parents are Randi and Scott Piepho of Wiggins, Colo. and Corey and Missy Holmes of Imperial.
Cards may reach Holmes at the following address: Carolyn Scott Rainbow House, Attn: Dustin Holmes, 7825 Farnam Drive, Omaha, Neb., 68114.