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Texas mom drives into Hurricane Harvey to get son to hospital for brain surgery

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September08, 2017)

While Houstonians were evacuating before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, San Antonio mom Lilliana Castro was doing quite the opposite. She hopped in the car with her four children and headed straight into the storm’s path. Her 11-year-old son, Tony, was due for surgery to remove the golf ball-sized tumor next to his brain stem. It would be his third surgery in four years. A registered nurse at IASIS Healthcare and a devoted mother, Castro refused to give up.  Tony had received radiation in Houston, so she sought help there. Dr. David Sandberg, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, gave her hope. He performed Tony’s second surgery in Oct. 2016.