I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

The University of Alabama, Birmingham

The Cline family traveled to the University of Alabama Birmingham to meet Carter's new Neurosurgeon. We were welcomed with open arms and we were extremly impressed. Carter's appointment lasted about 3 hours. Brandon and I can not say enough good things about Carter's new Doctor. He gave Carter a thorough exam and talked with Brandon and I for over 45 minutes. Carter will need further testing to show what the furture will hold for him. We will be traveling back to UAB in the next few weeks for another MRI, with sedation, of Carter's spine. This will give his Doctor a better understanding of Carter's post-surgical spinal defects. We will also be taking another trip to meet with another Doctor for a therapy evaluation. Our new neurosurgeon noticed Carter's leg weakness, especially his left leg, as Brandon and I both have. He wants Carter to begin every type of therapy possible, in an effort to prevent further weakness and aid in the already developed weakness. Only time will tell if Carter will walk or not. Our new Doctor said if he is able to walk he should do it before 18 months. Studies have shown that most children show their physical abilities before 18 months. Brandon and I pray for health and God's will for Carter. We will love him and treat him the same whether he can walk or not. Although Carter can not straighten his left leg completely, he can already stand by himself while holding onto his toys. His new Doctor was extremly impressed with Carter's neurological ability and how attentive he is. We are extremly excited to be part of such a great team at UAB and look forward to this upcoming July.

Trips for July
  1. University of Alabama Birmingham for a therapy evaluation
  2. University of Alabama Birmingham for a MRI with sedation
  3. Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland for Carter's “big surgery” evaluation
While in Birmingham we took Carter to the McWane Science Center.  Here are a few pictures...

Playing with the water.

Sweet little foot and hand!

Back to the hotel... he was POOPED!!!


  1. Hey neighbor! Welcome to the club of many trips to Birmingham! It seems shorter and shorter with every trip! UAB and Children's are awesome and you will love them! I am so glad the first visit went smoothly.

  2. I'm so happy the trip went well and you are both please with his new doctor. We will continue to pray for God's healing and we know God has a perfect plan for him! It was great to see y'all at church today...that's all Garon has talked about since we got home!!!

  3. I came across your Family while I was doing some Research on my son Trennor's Condition. He was born Dec 29, 2010 and we had no idea that there was any issues. My son's spinal defects are not as severe as yours and his omphalocele was only his bladder and colon, however my son has short gut due to his OEIS and our journey takes us to Cincinnati Children's. When he was born there were no beds at John Hopkins and we were sent to AI Dupont in Delaware. I will pray for your son and that his surgeries go well and he recovers quickly. If you would like to get in touch with me my email is, Take care and God bless you all, Megan Cantwell