In The Game: Brain Surgery Allows NHS Player To Take The Field

May 24, 2009


Friday night’s Garnet and Gold game at Northview High School ended in a tie, but it was a huge victory — and answered prayers — for one family.

On November 19, Nathan Therrell underwent brain surgery at the Miami Children’s Hospital to remove something the size of a grain of rice that has caused years of problems for him. It’s called a hypothalamic hamartoma, also called an “HH”. The HH is not a tumor, nor is it a cancer; it is a tissue growth.

nathan11.jpgLast season, Nathan was sidelined by the HH, serving as the team’s manager and water boy. He stood on the sidelines, watching every play, dreaming of the day he would be on the field. Friday night, that dream became a reality as coaches put  Nathan Therrill #72 in the game.

Nathan’s aunt, Kelly Sims, said Nathan has done well since the surgery. Best of all, he has been seizure-free since the surgery, receiving an “all clear” from his doctor.

Nathan has recovered from the surgery far better than expected. He seems like a total different kid,” Sims said of her nephew. “God does answer prayers and Nathan’s family would like to thank everyone that helped during the time of fund raisers and for any donations that were given.”

“The family is very thankful for everything including the prayers that were sent out for Nate,” she added.

A typical HH like the one removed from Nathan’s brain causes seizures, a problem Nathan had for four years. His were originally controlled by medication, but the medicines failed to work, his mother Tina Therrell said. Doctors tried radiation and laser treatments, but none worked. That led the family to decide to have the surgery to remove the HH from the middle of  Nathan’s brain.

Pictured top: Nathan Therrell ready to play in the Garnet and Gold game Friday night at Northview High School. Pictured middle: Nathan Therrill watches a Northview football game last season. He served as the team’s manager water boy. file photo.


5 Responses to “In The Game: Brain Surgery Allows NHS Player To Take The Field”

  1. keith cota on June 9th, 2009 8:21 pm

    u rock nathan

  2. Bill Hammel on May 27th, 2009 10:49 am

    Great story! Congratulations Nathan…

  3. Beegee on May 25th, 2009 2:35 pm

    We are so very proud of you,Nate!!!!
    I agree with Granny…..GOD still answers prayers!!!!
    Love you,
    Beegee and Mr.Jack

  4. Granny on May 24th, 2009 10:12 pm

    Nate, I was so proud for you Friday night. I was afraid the game would be called off due to the rainy weather, and I knew if it was, you would be so disappointed as you were so looking forward to this day. You and I both know that God gets the praise for all of this. There were no complications during your surgery nor after the surgery, and you have been seizure free since the surgery, and your dream to be able to play football again did come true. We love you and we hope you get to play in a lot more football games.

  5. Willene on May 24th, 2009 2:00 pm

    Nathan we are all so happy for you. May God continue to bless you.

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