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By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
    Next Wednesday, a benefit dinner will be held for Addison Fern, granddaughter of Jeri and Rod Markee of Imperial. Addison recently underwent surgery for a Type 1 Chiari Malformation.
    Born Nov. 19, 2007 to Brian and Jessica Fern of Lincoln, Addison hadn’t been able to eat regularly, and breathing was difficult.
    After a number of hospitalizations and consultations, she was diagnosed with the Type 1 Chiari Malformation, which means that the base of the brain extends down into the spinal canal, putting pressure on the brain.
    Addison had surgery Nov. 5 at Mayo Clinic to remove some vertebrea, shrink her cerebral tonsils and relieve the pressure on her brain.
    Mother Jessica (Markee) Fern said, “We have had tremendous success with her noisy breathing, and she is actually beginning to take her first bites of food.”  Addison is home with her parents and brother, Alex, 5.
    Grandmother Jeri Markee said Addison is recovering well, and is being introduced to food, which she’s never chewed before, so it’s an interesting process.
    The benefit supper for Addison will be held from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the United Methodist Church. Chicken and beef pot pies will be served, plus a dessert, for a free will donation.
    Questions may be directed to Carrie Talbott at (308) 882-5035.

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