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FSU superfan with cerebral palsy undergoes surgery at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 18:27:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — You might say he's FSU baseball team's biggest fan. When the Noles went to the World Series, we introduced you to superfan Caedmon Sprague.

His love for baseball is so strong, even a surgery couldn't keep him away from the World Series games. While Sprague's focus was on the baseball game, doctors at Tallahassee Memorial Health Care were focused on offering him a surgery not easily available in north Florida.

If you ask Caedmon Sprague how he's feeling, here's what he'll tell you:

"Good!" said Sprague.

Two week's ago, Sprague had surgery on his hip bone and both femurs. Now, he's at home recovery and spending valuable time with his family.

"We've been really pleased," said Jeni Sprague, Caedmon's mother. "Everyday Caedmon gets a little bit stronger and a little bit better."

It's a very common procedure for children with cerebral palsy. But this surgery meant a lot to the team at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

"Families shouldn't have to travel so far to get this standard of care," said Dr. Ryan Price, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at TMH.

For the first time in decades, the surgery was performed in Tallahassee. It's something that meant a lot to the Sprague family.

"Especially for someone like Caedmon who would have to travel a long way in a chair in a car where it would be painful," said Dr. Price. "It's nice that it's a 15 minute car ride instead of 3 hours."

Plus, it meant they wouldn't have to cross over into forbidden territory.

"We went to Gainesville last year to find out he needed the surgery," said Jeni Sprague. "When you walk in, there's Gators plastered all over the walls. Caedmon's not a huge fan of that."

So now, Seminole fan or now, Tallahassee kids with cerebral palsy can get quality care right here in the Capital City.

Caedmon's surgery will make mobility easier for him once he's healed up. Dr. Price says he looks forward to more local pediatrician's referring their patients to TMH.