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    Unhappy A sad loss - Dr. Herkowitz

    This afternoon I received very sad news. My beloved spine surgeon Dr. Harry Herkowitz passed away from a massive heart attack. This is so shocking as he was so healthy, full of life, and gave the presence of invincibility. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his medical family. What a loss this is for his family, friends, and the medical community. He gave so much to us, his patients. I know he changed my life through my surgery and his compassionate care. RIP Dr. H
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    www.scoliosisthejourney.com

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    Omg Shari I'm sorry
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    I can only imagine how sad this is for his family and all of his patients. Our gifted, compassionate surgeons become our heroes and we are so thankful for their expertise to help us and others. What a loss!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
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    How very sad.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Sometimes we think our beloved doctors will always be there for us, and we "forget" they are just as mortal as we are. This professions is a very high stress profession, it's too bad that his heart disease went undiagnosed. It's very sad. I'm sorry to hear this news.
    Be happy!
    We don't know what tomorrow brings,
    but we are alive today!

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    Thanks all. Everyone here always has such good thoughts. We do look at our surgeons as heroes, larger than life. That was a good way to sum that up. I was feeling such a loss, and that hit exactly what I was feeling, like he was my hero. Thanks!
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    www.scoliosisthejourney.com

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    Our surgeon saved the lives of both my daughters. How do you thank someone for that? I will always be grateful to him.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    shari I could of said it better
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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