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Cypress Teen’s Life Changed Thanks to Shriners Hospital

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) —  15-year old Andreas Hjlazarou is walking a little taller now, literally, as he comes back to Shriners Hospital.

“He gained 6-inches taller,” said his interpreter, Marina Christodlous.    Andreas still has a bandage on his back and scars where a halo was screwed into his head. We introduced you to the teen from Cypress in April as he was preparing for several surgeries to to stretch his spine, treating his severe scoliosis.

“He’s really  happy the whole thing is finished and he is really straight, ” said Marina.

Andreas says hes glad the 4-surgeries are behind him.

“He was kind of worried and depressed with first and second was easier and third much better..it was coming to the end,” she explained.

His mom is also relieved.

“When she first came and saw her son go through  surgeries, she was depressed that her son was suffering,” said Marina.

His mom knows what he went through because she had the same surgery at Shriners Hospital in Springfield when she was 17.  Andreas is  excited to finish school and go on to college, and just get back to his life.

“For every time he had surgery he had surgery couldn’t eat for 3 days,so he was missing his meals,” said Marina.

Changing lives is what the Shriners Hospital has been doing since 1925.  Andreas and his mom say they definitely changed their lives.

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