Buffalo spinal compression case

 Navy vet Mike Sformo, left, with veteran Kurt Santini of Virginia, center, who underwent free neck surgery performed by Dr. Franco Vigna at Kenmore Mercy Hospital as part of Sformo’s Operation Backbone. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Navy vet Mike Sformo, left, with veteran Kurt Santini of Virginia, center, who underwent free neck surgery performed by Dr. Franco Vigna at Kenmore Mercy Hospital as part of Sformo’s Operation Backbone. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

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Kenmore Mercy, local doctor make surgery possible for Army vet

Army veteran Kurt Santini, a resident of Virginia, received long overdue spinal surgery free of charge last week at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, courtesy of the hospital, local spinal surgeon Dr. Franco Vigna, and a military veteran support program called Operation Backbone. Read More →

Local Army veteran gets life-changing surgery in New York after 18 years of pain

An Army veteran from Forest finally got the help he needed after suffering for 18 years and did not have to pay a dime for surgery. Kurt Santini II is a special forces U.S. Army Ranger veteran. An Army veteran from Forest finally got the help he needed after suffering for 18 years and did not have to pay a dime for surgery. Read More →

WNY native fights for medical care for other vets with Operation Backbone

The youngest of four children, Mike Sformo had no interest in formal education, dating back to his days at Pembroke Intermediate School, where his father served as principal. When it was time to go to high school, Sformo said his parents pulled him out of public school and sent him to Notre Dame Catholic High School in Batavia. Read More →

Corfu native is founder of Operation Backbone

Imagine you’re at a stop sign, eyes on the road and obeying all traffic laws, when a car barrels into you at 125 mph. Your mouth is full of broken teeth, your body full of broken bones, and the pain far more than you can bear — but somehow you’re still alive, your heart heaving against your fractured chest. Read More →

OPERATION BACKBONE AND LOCAL MEDICAL TEAM HELPING ARMY VET

Navigating the healthcare system after military service can be a struggle for wounded soldiers. Veteran Kurt Santini, US Army 10th Division, of Virginia, is finally receiving a long overdue spinal surgery, pro bono, at Kenmore Mercy on October 16. It’s being made possible thanks to the hospital, local spine surgeon Franco Vigna M.D., M.P.H, and a military veteran support program called Operation Backbone. Read More →


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WKBW ABC, Channel 7 News Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Doctor operates on veteran for free through Operation Backbone

By Hannah Buehler

6:51 PM, Oct 16, 2018