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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