We are the Nava family, and our son Eric Nava who was 16 years old needed help. As parents, we worry about our children, but we worry even more when we feel helpless in finding an answer to a problem they may have. When Eric was 14 he thought he pulled a muscle during track, we went to our doctor who prescribed rest and pain meds. When 6 months passed and nothing helped, we went to see our doctor again who sent us in for X-rays, MRI etc. We found out that he had problems with his L4-L5-S1. The only option given to us was Pain Management, so basically shots in his spine, which would only last 3 months, or less. To be honest, this was just a temporary fix and having our son on pain pills everyday was not something we were comfortable doing. This went on for a year, and we knew we needed to do something more for our son. Here, in turn, is where Dr. Liu comes in. We researched and looked for the best Pediatric Neurosurgeon in the San Antonio area. We had all of our X-rays, MRIs, and Cat Scan records. It took Dr. Liu just one exam, and a review of his records to see that what our son needed was surgery. Dr. Liu walked us step by step through what was going to happen with Eric. Within the next 2 weeks, after all the tests and blood work were done, we prepared for the surgery we had been waiting for. It was a long process, but Dr. Liu kept us informed all along the way. Eric was placed in the pediatric unit for the next 5 days. During this time, we experienced the best care by Dr. Liu as he called the nurses station every morning and evening. He also called our room everyday to speak to me personally to see how Eric was doing. He came to the hospital everyday and changed Eric’s bandages himself. The staff at the hospital was so impressed with how involved he was with his patients as well as the hands on care that he gave us.After being sent home from the hospital, the amazing care and service that Dr. Liu provided continued on with home care for 3 weeks. The follow up visits with Dr. Liu allowed us to see the progress Eric was making. We then followed with 6 weeks of Physical Therapy.
Our son Eric plays football for The Steele Knights. Thanks to Dr. Liu, Eric went into surgery on March 18th, 2015, and he was back playing 7 on 7 football in July of 2015, and he was back in pads at the start of football season in August. He started every game of his Junior year for the Steele Knights. By the end of the season Eric was moved to Varsity where he has improved his speed and his strength. Eric is now pain free and medication free all thanks to Dr. Liu.
It has been a little over a year and I thank God everyday for putting us on the right path to meet Dr. Liu. We can never thank him enough for all he has done for our son.