Once again it is a small, small world
There were so many people at the Congress in Hong Kong who I had studied with in Budapest. Some of them I have been in contact with over the past twenty years others not.
One of these was Andrea Benyovszky who works in Grand Rapids.
Andrea gave two presentations in Hong Kong. The first I heard, it was about traditional and non-traditional cases in the conductive group. The second about selective dorsal rhizotomy I unfortunately missed because I was in a different, parallel session at the time that Andrea spoke.
Luckily for me I have some readers who are really on the ball. One of these is Kasey Gray in the USA! Just a few minutes ago she sent an email telling me: "I believe that Andrea Benyovszky at CLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been keeping information on the children there and their experiences with SDR". It is lucky too that I have the book of Abstracts from the Hong Kong Congress, so I was immediately able to read what Andrea had presented there. Thank you Kasey for your prompt reply, I shall now email Andrea and see what more she has to tell me. Later I will publish all I can here.
Something that I realise already is that what I read this afternoon in the Britsh Government Reports described as a new treatment, had in fact been first reported back in 1913 and has been commonly performed in the United States since the mid-1980s. How old does something have to be not to be new any more?
I also gather from Andrea's abstract about this procedure that a selective dorsal rhizotomy has not in her experience reduced necessity for other muscle-release surgical procedures in most cases. I am still looking forward to hearing from others on this subject.
Thank you again Kasey for reading my blog and as always being a mine of information, and also to Andrea for providing such a good abstract for her Congress presentation.