Rare Surgery Saves a Boy’s Arm….and Life


Brayden is a boy who loves sharks, snakes, and playing with his little brother. What most people don't know, however, is that Brayden's life and left arm were saved by a rare surgery performed at Children's National.

When X-rays on Brayden's left arm showed that he had a Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer, and that it had spread to his lungs, his family turned to Children's National.

As he endured chemotherapy, Brayden's team of doctors planned for surgery. The team knew they had to consider a creative surgical technique because of the placement and size of Brayden's tumor.

Chemotherapy complete, Brayden underwent a 14-hour bone surgery. His upper left arm bone was replaced with his fibula bone from his right leg. Using his own bone would give Brayden the best chance for his arm to grow normally.

Today, he has no limitations with his leg, two scars running from his shoulder to his elbow, another from his knee to his ankle, and regular physical therapy appointments where he works on range of motion for his elbow and shoulder.

Brayden's scans show little signs that a cancerous tumor was ever there. "Brayden is cancer free and was spared an amputation. I owe that to Children's National," said Brayden's mom, Krista.