Letters of support sought for local 8-year-old facing major back surgery

On May 22, 8-year-old Aaron Harrelson, of Social Circle, will be having major back surgery to place titanium rods to help straighten a curvature of his spine as a result of Severe Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis. The surgery is just the first of many he will have to go through until he stops growing. At that time he will have a spinal fusion.

Aaron Harrelson. Contributed photo

Aaron’s mother, Amanda Poore, is looking for ways to support her son as he undergoes this first surgery and has found a way to get the community involved in helping support him too.

“I’m asking the community to send get well cards to him so that I can cover his room with them to bring a smile to his face when he comes out of recovery,” Poore said. “I’m trying to get as many cards as possible and show him how many people are thinking of him.”

In a Gofundme Page set up for Aaron, Poore gives some information of the journey Aaron has gone through since they first noticed that something was not quite right in the curve of their infant son’s spine.

Aaron Harelson. Contributed photo

“In May 2010 we noticed that Aaron had a curve of his spine. The initial x-Ray showed a 29 degree curve of his spine. Nobody in Atlanta was willing to help us give my baby what he needed to prevent his back from getting worse. One orthopedic doctor put him in a brace to wear at night that was terrible. It went on his back and went down one of his legs. It made my then 18 month old completely immobile at night,” Poore wrote.

The family then heard about Shriners Hospital for Children, but by that time the curvature of the spine had progressed to 81 degrees and Aaron’s situation was critical.

”Infantile scoliosis is a type that causes and S shape curve to the spine. This curve can get so bad that it can cause the spine to crush the heart and lungs. Our sweet boy has been out in countless casts and a few braces. Each time he has had a Mehta Cast applied, he was put under anesthesia. The goal was to get his spine straight in each cast and hold it straight for 12 months. At that point he would have been cured,” Poore said.

X-Ray of Aaron Harrelson’s back. Contributed photo

But that too did not cure Aaron’s scoliosis. He continued to have to wear progressed casts for the next six years, causing him to miss things like swimming, and parties with friends where water play was involved. The curvature progress until its current 90.1 degrees so it is now time for surgery. The magnetic rods will be placed in his back and adjusted every 3 months and surgically once a year.

If you are interested in sharing cards with Aaron to wish him well as he undergoes this journey, you can send cards to

Aaron Harrelson

P.O. Box 985

Social Circle GA 30025

The Gofundme account is raising money to help cover the extra vacation time Poore will need to stay at home with Aaron during his recovery and for hotel and food expenses while spending time with him while he is in the hospital recovering.

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