Keenan Cahill, the lip-synching 16-year-old whose webcam videos have become a smash hit on YouTube, yesterday underwent extensive surgery at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn. A lifelong Midwesterner, Cahill was born and raised in Elmhurst, Ill., where his self-made videos - featuring Cahill himself lip-synching to popular hits - have drawn the attention of millions of YouTube viewers and dozens of Hollywood stars, including Katy Perry, 50 cent and New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre.
Cahill's five-hour surgical procedure included multiple orthopedic interventions; all aimed at improving the alignment in his bones to ultimately improve his walking and long-term mobility. In a recent interview with FOX News Network, Cahill discussed his surgery. "They're straightening my femur, because right now my growth plates are shut closed and can't grow anymore. And they are building a shelf for my hip." Though recovery could take up to two months, Cahill told FOX the surgery was "something important that I have to do."
Following the procedure - which was performed by Gillette orthopedic surgeons Mark Dahl, M.D. and Steven Koop, M.D. - Cahill will remain an inpatient for five to seven days. During his stay in St. Paul, Cahill premiered his newest webcam video, shot with singer/songwriter and actor Drake Bell, via his @KeenanCahill Twitter handle. Cahill tells FOX that he'll premier his first original single later this summer.
Cahill was born with a rare genetic disorder called Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, also known as MPS type 6. People with MPS type 6 are unable to break down complex sugars called mucopolysaccharides, which accumulate in connective tissue and organs throughout the body. His condition causes, among other issues, short stature and problems with the bones and joints, which can limit movement. A lifetime of treatments and surgeries has enabled Keenan to remain without the need of a wheelchair.
With among the nation's largest groups of practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeons, Gillette is a regional leader in pediatric orthopedic care. The hospital was recently ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
Check out our exclusive short and interview with Keenan here.
So glad the surgery went well Keenan. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Check out his latest videos with Drake Bell and Katy Perry below.