July 3, 2013, North Vancouver
Dane Issigonis, a 14 year old hockey player from North Vancouver, is making a solid recovery from a second surgery to remove a potentially dangerous AVM from his brain.
Dane underwent emergency surgery two and half years ago after suffering an aneurysm as a result of a condition called arterio venous malformation (AVM).
Dane’s determination and remarkable recovery from this event captured the hearts of friends and hockey fans across the province in the months that followed.
He was able to resume many of his activities, including playing inline hockey, and pickup ice hockey within a year.
At the time surgeons warned the family a second surgery could be necessary to remove a potential dangerous secondary site. A week ago, tests determined that surgery was required.
Dane entered hospital last Tuesday, June 25, and returned home Friday, June 28.
Last night, Wednesday, July 3, Dane went out to see a movie (Despicable Me 2) with his mother Karen Issigonis and a hockey buddy.
Once again Dane’s brave determination to face and defeat a big adversary is speeding his recovery and inspiring all who know him.
Dane’s family thanks all those who sent prayers, positive thoughts and best wishes to Dane this past week.
While not ready to fully resume all activities yet, Dane is certainly well on the way to getting back in the saddle again soon.