UTRGV student undergoes risky surgery before graduation

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, June 04 2020 Jun 4, 2020 June 04, 2020 8:11 AM June 04, 2020 in News - Local

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley student, Talita Oliveira, underwent a risky surgical procedure just before graduation.

Oliveira is originally from Brazil, but living in the Valley getting her degree and playing volleyball for the university.

Dr. Michael Lago, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon for UT Health RGV, explains Oliveira had scheuermann's kyphosis – one of the curves in the spine was over exaggerated and it was spread over a short segment.

Oliveira worried when she thought she wouldn’t be able to graduate, then her doctors, therapists and staff surprised her with a graduation celebration.

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