September 16, 2021

White Lake business raises money for 9-year-old’s brain surgery – The Oakland Press

Nicholas Matteson, 9, of Commerce Township was complaining about a severe headache – and, only two minutes later, he fell unconscious.

After being airlifted to University of Michigan Hospital, doctors found a large mass on his brain and a hemorrhage in his cerebellum. He was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation – known as AVM – a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.

AVM is a rare medical condition with less than 200,000 cases in the United States each year.

Individuals with AVM are usually born with it and, like Nick, may have no idea because they exhibit no symptoms until a blood vessel ruptures.

After a scary week in the ICU, Nick was finally able to walk again and had his feeding tube removed. His mom, Callie Matteson, said when her son was first able to walk down the hall, medical staff lined the hallway, cheering, “VIP coming…

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