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Helen Hall needed help. She was 90 years old and her spinal cord had been attacked by an aggressive tumor that was making her life nearly unbearable, causing agonizing headaches and paralyzing parts of her body. Helen was desperate for relief, but doctors kept reminding her of her age: to operate on a 90-year-old spine would be risky.But for Ehud Mendel, MD, a neurosurgeon and director of Ohio State’s Spinal Biodynamics and Ergonomics Laboratory, whether to operate was never a question. Helen wanted the surgery, and he was one of only a handful of people in the world who could do it safely and successfully.