Mom Spots Odd ‘Dimple’ On Newborn’s Back, Warns All After Learning Terrifying Truth

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A few weeks into her son’s life, a mother from Connecticut spotted an odd dimple on his back. Understandably alarmed, she took him to the doctor and was stunned to learn what it was. Now, she’s warning others about the terrifying truth behind it.

Mom Spots Odd 'Dimple' On Newborn's Back, Warns All After Learning Horrifying Truth
Katie Logue (left), a stock photo of a sacral dimple (right) (Photo Credit: Katie Logue/Facebook, Screengrab/YouTube)

Katie Logue, 34, had just given birth to her son Jack when her mother spotted an odd “dimple” on her grandson. When he was just one-week-old, Katie decided to have it looked at when she took Jack to the doctor for a routine visit. However, it wouldn’t be until a year later that she would learn the terrifying truth that she feels every parent should be aware of.

After the entire ordeal was done and over with, she finally felt comfortable talking about it to strangers. In fact, she decided to publish the story on her blog, perfectlyimperfect32com. Since then, it’s gained attention, and now, her message is finally getting spread.

“When my son, Jack, was a brand-spanking-new-infant, my mother noticed a fleshy dimple of sorts at the top of his bum, right where his spine and bum met. A first-time mom myself and still very green, I didn’t think anything of it. My mother insisted we bring it to the attention of our pediatrician, and so at Jack’s one-week check-up, I did,” Katie explains, according to Love What Matters.

“Much to my relief, our wonderful pediatrician assured us that it was probably nothing but if it was still there by the time Jack’s first birthday rolled around, we would need to have an MRI done on it,” she added. “A neurotic first-time mom, I obsessed, Googled, Googled some more, and then finally realized I had an entire year to wait and I may as well chill out.”

Thankfully, she was able to do just that, and before she knew it, her son was already a year old. As she was instructed, she brought up the “dimple” to Jack’s pediatrician at his one-year check-up only to be informed that, in order to cover all their bases, they should have the MRI of the fleshy “dimple” as the doctor had warned when Jack was a newborn.

A “dimple” in this location on the body is referred to as a sacral dimple, which is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “an indentation, present at birth, in the skin on the lower back.” The source adds, “It’s usually located just above the crease between the buttocks. Most sacral dimples are harmless and don’t require any treatment.”

However, the source continues, “Sacral dimples that are accompanied by a nearby tuft of hair, skin tag or certain types of skin discoloration are sometimes associated with a serious underlying abnormality of the spine or spinal cord. In these instances, your child’s doctor may recommend an imaging test. If an abnormality is discovered, treatment depends on the underlying cause.”

After hearing the pediatricians request, Katie didn’t hesitate to take action. She soon made a call to Children’s Hospital Boston to both a colleague and personal friend, who happened to be the Chief of Neurosurgery, to get Jack’s testing done. Before she knew it, her son had a diagnosis — a tethered spinal cord.

“Diagnosed with a tethered spinal cord, we were informed that Jack would require neurosurgery on his spinal cord,” Katie explained. “A tethered spinal cord is defined as a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column. These attachments cause abnormal stretching of the spinal cord.”

Katie further explained, “The syndrome is closely associated with spina bifida (which Jack is not afflicted with, thankfully). It is estimated that 20 to 50 percent of children with spinal bifida defects repaired shortly after birth will require surgery (neurosurgery in our son’s non-spina bifida related case) at some point to un-tether the spinal cord.”

She continued, “In Jack’s case, his tethered spinal cord was caused by a benign lipoma, a fatty growth at the base of the spine which inhibits free-floating of the spinal cord; thus inhibiting growth.” At that point, Katie admits that she was overcome by every emotion and was completely unsure as to whether she was numb, sick, in shock, petrified, or all of the above.

When the day of Jack’s surgery came, Katie was, as any parent or loved one would be, a nervous wreck. However, after the surgery, Jack’s doctor assured Katie that her son had done wonderfully and was resting comfortably, relieving her fears. The surgery was successful, and she has been left utterly amazed by what she witnessed happen at the Children’s Hospital in the four days that would follow.

Mom Spots Odd 'Dimple' On Newborn's Back, Warns All After Learning Horrifying Truth
Katie Logue and her son Jack (Photo Credit: Katie Logue/Facebook)

“During our four-day stay on the neuro floor at Children’s Hospital Boston, I witnessed God’s work. Not only in the swift and amazing recovery of my own child, (who walked out of the car seat and into the house when we brought him home), but everywhere,” she recalled.

“Jack had two roommates during our brief stay. Both were young children with cancer and both left cancer-free during our stay. To anyone who dare doubt the existence of God in my presence, I counter your dare with a trip to Boston Children’s Hospital, where God is busy working all day,” Katie declared.

Now, eight years later, Jack hasn’t had one complication. Of course, that’s not what she’s trying to warn people about. Instead, she’s trying to show people to trust your gut and to always follow up when it comes to your child’s health. Although some people may think you’re being overprotective, honestly, there’s no such thing. It’s better to ask than to wish you had when it’s too late.