We are incredibly grateful for your support in 2013. Your thoughtful donation has helped us provide over 30 new devices, 70 adjustments and 100 repairs to our patients with prosthetic devices. Our patients never cease to amaze us with their courage, strength and tenacity. One such patient is Yoaly, a nine year old who battled her way from infection and amputation to walking with her princess prosthetic legs.
Yoaly was worried about what her future held when she was admitted to Shriners Houston Hospital. Before her fall and subsequent infection which led to a double amputation of her legs, she enjoyed playing and dancing. After her fall, her number one goal was to walk again with dreams of running and jumping someday. Days passed for Yoaly at the Houston hospital where her strength increased as she spent countless hours in the physical therapy gym. “I was getting better and better every day,” said Yoaly, “I couldn’t wait to get my first pair of legs to show other kids my princess legs.”
On April 19, 2013 Yoaly received her first prosthesis, fully adorned with Disney princesses. The long process of finding balance, gaining strength and rebuilding confidence was at her feet. Yoaly took the challenge head on and was never seen without a smile on her face. She served as an inspiration to other patients and staff as she happily danced and played during grueling physical therapy sessions.
She took her first steps unassisted on May 21, 2013, but it didn’t stop there – she proceeded to jump on the trampoline! After a long journey of rehabilitation and recovery, Yoaly walked out of the Houston hospital unassisted on her discharge day. Shriners Houston Hospital is proud to have played a role in giving Yoaly her childhood back. What a miracle for 2013!
2014 is shaping up as an exciting year for the Houston hospital. We are caring for more than 15,000 active patients, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, and continuing to serve those most in need through our Prosthetics and Sub-Acute Care and Rehabilitation Program. Please know that we could not implement our mission of caring for children with specialty conditions without your support. Thank you!
October 2013 was full of spooky fun for our patients. They enjoyed a fabulous Halloween party including trick or treating inside the hospital. Our clinical staff also worked to custom fit five new devices and repair 13. For prosthetic devices to work efficiently and complement our children as they mature, we must see prosthetic patients frequently for adjustments and physical/occupational therapy.
As the holiday season rolls in, we are especially thankful for all the amazing accomplishments of our patients. We’d like to share with you one particular story. Meet Tess, the cutest dancer and singer we know.
Tess, an 11 year old Shriners Houston Hospital patient, was in a car crash three years ago that resulted in her losing both legs below the knee. After the traumatic event, Tess mentally and physically secluded herself from her family and friends due to her condition. When arriving at Shriners Houston Hospital, Tess, at no cost to her family, was examined and fitted for limb and foot prosthetics. Once the prosthetics were fitted appropriately, Tess began physical therapy to learn how to walk again. As a returning patient, Tess is happily dancing and singing her way across our recreational floor and also playing hoops. We love her for her courageous spirit, her outgoing personality and her determination to live life to the fullest.
Please connect to the link below to hear Tess in her own words explain why she is thankful to our donors for their generosity. Thank you for supporting Shriners Houston Hospital in helping children with specialty conditions live life to the fullest.
The month of September 2013 has been exciting. Not only have we been awarded Partner status through GlobalGiving, we have delivered prosthetic devices to 13 new patients and repaired 28 returning patients' devices. This is all because of the generous donations we have received from compassionate donors that love giving through the GlobalGiving website. Thank you so much! Your giving directly impacts kids like Ayah and hundreds more that come to us for help for orthopaedic conditions that often require surgery and prosthetic devices to achieve mobility.
Here is Ayah's story, a heart-warming affirmation of your gift:
Ayah is a 15 year old native Palestinian born with a rare birth defect in her right leg. After 13 failed leg lengthening surgeries and a necessary amputation last year, Ayah came to Shriners Houston Hospital and was fitted with her first custom-made prosthetic leg. After Ayah walked for the very first time, her mother translated how she felt and stated that: "She dreamt about this all the time and now her dream has come true".
Thank you for supporting us in helping children with specialty conditions live life to the fullest.
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