Department of Neurosurgery


Keeping Lucky on the Move

“Eighth-grader Lucky Eschauzier has been busy lately.

She started a rock band with her brother, helped Thacher Montessori School in Braintree, Massachusetts to win a basketball title, expanded her clothing line, and took her horseback riding skills to the next level. That’s just to name a few of her accomplishments.

It’s hard to imagine 13-year-old Lucky being held back, but that was the case several years ago. Lucky has lived with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a collection of connective tissue disorders that severely decreases her mobility and inflicts pain, including migraines.

Her parents, Deirdre and Chase Eschauzier, became convinced that her symptoms went beyond those typical of Ehlers-Danlos. Their frustration grew as numerous tests and physician visits failed to pinpoint the problem.

Then the family met Petra Klinge, MD, a neurosurgeon at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

‘Dr. Klinge was the first doctor to say, ‘I think I can help your daughter,’’ Mrs. Eschauzier recalls.”

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Petra M. Klinge, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Division
Director, Center for Surgical Treatment of the Developing Brain and Spine