Local teenager battles Arteriovenous Malformation

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Meet Devan Riley, a local teenager fighting Arteriovenous Malformation, or AVM.

“Devan had a condition called Arteriovenous Malformation, also known as AVM. What that basically means is the blood vessels were born without the proper connections, so they start like this and they kind of just grow into this balloon.”

Devan suffered from seizures and muscle contusions throughout his life, when he was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville for treatment.

“Because of the size of his lesion, he required coordination with multiple treatments over about a year’s period. Fortunately, we’ve already seen with him that his seizures have been under control and his AVM has already started the process of scarring down.”

Devan’s mother Amy wants to make others aware of this rare disease. She says, “I just honestly want other mothers and families to know: if treated earlier, he could be living the best life for a young man in this world at this age… if only they would’ve done MRI’s a long time ago.”