Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston treated over 4,000 patients in 2014 with orthopaedic, cleft lip and palate and rehabilitative conditions. Many of our children with orthopaedic or rehabilitative conditions receive long-term care at our hospital and require new or adjusted prosthetics or orthotics as they grow and develop in our care. Since our last update, we have provided 24 new full prosthetic devices, 37 adjustments and 24 partial prosthetics.
This month, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston's physical therapy, medical and occupational therapy staff voted on a patient of the month and chose Ryder. Ryder was born just three months ago with arthrogryposis, a condition present in utero which causes muscle shortening and limited range of motion. Without the ability to fully extend his muscles, arthrogryposis can inhibit his ability to fully extend or contract his arm, leg and other joints. Ryder's mother, Shelby, was referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston just two months after Ryder was born so that he could receive immediate corrective and preventative care. With early intervention within the first six months, a child born with arthrogryposis can regain much of their range of muscle movement back within their arms and legs to be able to be fully mobile.
For the past four weeks, Ryder has been working for four hours per day with our inpatient rehabilitation occupational and physical therapists. With the use of splits, Ryder has been working on his dynamic stretching, bending and straightening his arms and legs, and learning to roll on his stomach. Ryder's mother also works diligently with him to further his progress. Ryder continues to grow stronger each week and has worked his way through three sets of splints! With continued rehabilitation, Ryder will continue to increase his range of motion in his elbows and have his hips in a position to be able to learn to walk.
As we approach the end of the year and the holiday season, we would like to take the time to give the appropriate thanks for your amazing support and generous donations. The holiday season has had our hospital bursting with activity and excitement as we gear up for our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and festivities with our children! It's the holiday season each year that truly unites all of our hospital staff, families, children and Shriners to strengthen our Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston unique family atmosphere.
With your commitment to see our children grow and achieve the impossible, we have provided over 14 new full prosthetic devices, 20 adjustments and 11 partial prosthetics or repairs. One of our children, Devin, attributes Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston for giving him his childhood back. Devin was born with an undiagnosed condition in Colorado. Devin's mother, Gabriela, was sent home with Devin without any further assistant with Devin's condition until Shriners Hospitals for Children reached out to her. Gabriela knew that Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston could be their only hope and chance for Devin to live a prosperous and healthy childhood.
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston diagnosed Devin with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD) which stunted the growth of his thigh bone. Since his diagnosis, Devin has received a Boyd amputation, which allows him to use a prosthetic leg with an artificial knee joint to gain yards in football or chase the ball after a turnover in basketball. Devin lives an active life and is looking forward to watching the University of Texas play on Thanksgiving!
As summer approaches we are happy to write that our prosthetic patients are living their lives as kids should—playing, jumping, running—there’s no limit to what they can do with the right prosthetic device. With your support we have provided over 14 new devices, 34 adjustments and 13 repairs since our last report. Our patients and their families continually inspire us and others to reach for more, do more and help others more. One such patient is James, a terrifically active, happy two year old who is also a prosthetics patient at Shriners Houston Hospital.
James was born with fibular hemimelia or the absence of the calf bone. Without the calf bone, a human being can’t support their body weight and will not learn to walk in a normal manner. James was treated at the Houston hospital where he had his right leg amputated below the knee. He was in a cast from his hip down for two months and when he was deemed fully healed he was fitted for his prosthetic device by our expert orthopeadics team. It was an instant success. More amazing, James didn’t need to come back to us for physical therapy to learn how to use his prosthetic, because he took off on his new leg and hasn’t stopped running since. As he grows and develops, James will need new prosthetics to accommodate his growth, and Shriners will be there for him. James’ grandfather, a Shriner himself, reached out to us and gave the hospital high praise when he stated “When you are making critical decisions about the best care possible for your loved one, it’s incredible to know that if you don’t have the money, Shriners will make sure your loved one gets the treatment they need – no questions asked.”
Shriners Houston Hospital is honored to be part of James’ life and the lives of the many other children we serve that need specialty care. Please know that your support helps us continue our charge, to protect childhood. Thank you!
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.
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