Walking in a New Body — John Sarcona
At 16, John Sarcona’s spine was bending by the hour, collapsing onto his heart and lungs and making it extremely difficult to breathe. For years, he had battled severe scoliosis and thoracic kyphosis — or forward rounding of the back — and after 17 unsuccessful attempts to treat his condition, his parents were desperately searching for answers. They found them at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where a dedicated care team, led by Dr. Lawrence Lenke of the NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine Hospital, saved their son’s life. This video tells the story of John’s remarkable journey.
What was the most impactful part of your award-winning entry?
The most impactful part of this entry was showcasing photos of John before his spinal surgery and after. Seeing John’s actual 3D spine and footage of him walking, playing golf, and playing basketball — activities that were impossible before — make a lasting impression for the viewer.
What is one thing you learned from this experience?
Teamwork is essential. By working closely with this extraordinary patient, his family, and his entire care team at NewYork-Presbyterian, we were able to bring to life and share with the world one of our most compelling patient stories to date.
Jordan Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org