Wishes In Flight: Spokane Teen Endured Three Surgeries - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wishes In Flight: Spokane Teen Endured Three Surgeries In Seven Weeks Battling Rare Disease

SPOKANE, Wash. -

Looking at 16-year-old Patrick Dean, you would never know what he's been through over the last two years - and that, in itself, is a miracle.

"When you looked at the X-ray of his skull it looked like he had been shot in the head," Patrick's mother, Jennifer Dean, told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

Patrick was just 14 and a freshman at Central Valley High School when he got a concussion then a goose egg on his head that didn't go away. Doctors discovered a quarter-size hole in his skull. It was a lesion that had eaten away at his bone; part of a rare disease similar to Leukemia called "Langerhans cell histiocytosis."

"There are about 35,000 people in the whole planet who have what I have," Patrick explained.

Half of those people only have one lesion, but doctors found Patrick had a second in his femur. That led to three surgeries in seven days and a year of chemotherapy treatments.

"There were a lot of nights that were extremely hard," Jennifer said tearfully. "I'm very blessed, I'm very lucky, but it's hard knowing that not every child is able to make it through this."

But the Dean's hope the darkest days are behind them; they're about to celebrate the first anniversary of Patrick finishing chemo and recently returned from his Make-A-Wish trip to the Bahamas. But the anniversary he's really looking forward to is the 5-year mark, denoting he's officially declared free of the disease.

"He went into it as a teenage boy and came out of it as a grown man, he's amazing," Jennifer added. "He's wonderful, he's kind, he's compassionate, he cares about what happens to other people and he wants to change the world."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane neighbors shocked after dogs pepper sprayed

    Spokane neighbors shocked after dogs pepper sprayed

    Sunday, September 24 2017 9:08 PM EDT2017-09-25 01:08:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two families are still left shocked after they say someone sprayed their dogs with pepper spray. This happened on Saturday night around 9 p.m. near Hays Park. Eric Eitzman says he was inside his home when he heard his dog and his neighbor’s dogs start barking. He opened the door and his dog ran inside. That’s when his daughter grabbed the dog and said she smelled.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two families are still left shocked after they say someone sprayed their dogs with pepper spray. This happened on Saturday night around 9 p.m. near Hays Park. Eric Eitzman says he was inside his home when he heard his dog and his neighbor’s dogs start barking. He opened the door and his dog ran inside. That’s when his daughter grabbed the dog and said she smelled.

    >>
  • One killed, two injured in Highway 195 crash south of Rosalia

    One killed, two injured in Highway 195 crash south of Rosalia

    Sunday, September 24 2017 3:19 PM EDT2017-09-24 19:19:33 GMT

    ROSALIA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one person is dead after a crash on Highway 195 Saturday night.  It happened around 10:30 p.m. about one mile south of Rosalia. Troopers say a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer driven by 36-year-old Joshua J.Kenyon was northbound on 195 and a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven 37-year-old Angela C. Pressnal, was headed southbound on the highway.

    >>

    ROSALIA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one person is dead after a crash on Highway 195 Saturday night.  It happened around 10:30 p.m. about one mile south of Rosalia. Troopers say a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer driven by 36-year-old Joshua J.Kenyon was northbound on 195 and a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven 37-year-old Angela C. Pressnal, was headed southbound on the highway.

    >>
  • Jury: Former Spokane deputy guilty of stealing federal funds

    Jury: Former Spokane deputy guilty of stealing federal funds

    Sunday, September 24 2017 1:02 PM EDT2017-09-24 17:02:05 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A former Spokane County Sheriff's deputy has been convicted of lying to fraudulently obtain federal assistance. The Spokesman-Review reports that a jury on Friday found former Spokane County Sheriff's jailer Donald B. Henderson guilty of stealing roughly $650,000 from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs for more than a decade.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A former Spokane County Sheriff's deputy has been convicted of lying to fraudulently obtain federal assistance. The Spokesman-Review reports that a jury on Friday found former Spokane County Sheriff's jailer Donald B. Henderson guilty of stealing roughly $650,000 from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs for more than a decade.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane neighbors shocked after dogs pepper sprayed

    Spokane neighbors shocked after dogs pepper sprayed

    Sunday, September 24 2017 9:08 PM EDT2017-09-25 01:08:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two families are still left shocked after they say someone sprayed their dogs with pepper spray. This happened on Saturday night around 9 p.m. near Hays Park. Eric Eitzman says he was inside his home when he heard his dog and his neighbor’s dogs start barking. He opened the door and his dog ran inside. That’s when his daughter grabbed the dog and said she smelled.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two families are still left shocked after they say someone sprayed their dogs with pepper spray. This happened on Saturday night around 9 p.m. near Hays Park. Eric Eitzman says he was inside his home when he heard his dog and his neighbor’s dogs start barking. He opened the door and his dog ran inside. That’s when his daughter grabbed the dog and said she smelled.

    >>
  • Lawyer: Kushner used personal email for some WH messages

    Lawyer: Kushner used personal email for some WH messages

    Sunday, September 24 2017 8:20 PM EDT2017-09-25 00:20:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, says his client used a personal email account to communicate with colleagues in the White House. Lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a statement that Kushner sent or responded to fewer than 100 emails from White House officials from his private account between January and August.

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, says his client used a personal email account to communicate with colleagues in the White House. Lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a statement that Kushner sent or responded to fewer than 100 emails from White House officials from his private account between January and August.

    >>
  • Trump administration announces new travel ban

    Trump administration announces new travel ban

    Sunday, September 24 2017 7:48 PM EDT2017-09-24 23:48:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Travelers from eight countries will face restrictions on entry to the U.S, ranging from a total ban to more targeted restrictions, under a new proclamation signed by President Donald Trump Sunday. The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, will go into effect on October 18.

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Travelers from eight countries will face restrictions on entry to the U.S, ranging from a total ban to more targeted restrictions, under a new proclamation signed by President Donald Trump Sunday. The new rules, which will impact the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, will go into effect on October 18.

    >>