Lauren Couto

Lauren Couto of Hillsborough is the sweetest most loving girl you will ever meet. She makes the day brighter for everyone around her, and leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes. Seeing her you will never guess she suffers daily from symptoms brought on by Chiari Malformation.  This is a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward. Sadly the only cure for Chiari is surgery.

Diagnosed in February of 2014 with Chiari 1 Malformation and Syringomyelia with a focal Syrinx at the C2 level, Lauren underwent decompression surgery of the Chiari consisting of a suboccipital craniectomy, C1 laminectomy, microsurgical intradural fenestration of any adhesions and placement of a Duepair duraplasty in June of 2014 at NYU.  She is now monitored closely and lives with the daily effects of having Chiari. 

Please continue to keep Lauren in your thoughts and prayers.



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  • Click here to help offset Lauren's medical costs by making an online donation direct to The Couto Family.   This donation is not tax deductible.  
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