Three brothers go through brain surgery in one year due to Chiari malformation



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Three brothers all underwent brain surgery in the last year at Riley Children’s Health.

The boys were diagnosed with Chiari malformation at different points throughout the year.

They also shared a surgeon – Dr. Laurie Ackerman.

“She will walk in and it’s not all business,” said Whitney Niece, their mom. “She makes the kids laugh, smile. It’s a big thing to have doctor come in and not be scary. We are beyond thankful for her.”