Prosthetics needed for amazing kids in Texas

by Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston
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Brayan sharing his brave story with reporters
Brayan sharing his brave story with reporters

Dear Donor,

Shriners Hospitals or Children - Houston is quickly moving toward the end of the year, and have already cared for a number of children, all here to receive specialty life-changing care. In addition to providing exceptional care for cleft lip and palate abnormalities, SHC - Houston has been busy providing care to children from Texas and beyond with orthopaedic conditions or recovering from tramatic injuries that are in need of long-term rehabilitation. Children from Texas and beyond may require expensive specialty prosthetic devices as well as adjustments as they grow and develop through their rehabilitation. Fortunately, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston provides outstanding care for children in need regardless of the families' ability to pay.

Since our last update, we have provided 17 new full and partial prosthetic devices and 8 adjustments to 23 children. Prosthetic devices, several adjustments, travel costs, and numerous hospital visits can become overwhelming and near impossible to afford for families everywhere, which is why Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston is committed to providing high quality specialty care as well as important custom-made devides regardless of the families' ability to pay. With 76% of our children lacking adequate insurance for specialty care, it is up to SHC - Houston to fund this sustained care.

One child who was in desparate need for specialty care is Brayan, a young prosthetic patient who came to Shriners after tragically losing his leg in a train accident and after suffering from an inadequate amputation from his home town in Mexico. Brayan is an extremely brave young boy, and came to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston with determined hopes to receive care to help him walk and even more so, be able to continue playing soccer. After only a few weeks receiving subacute care and inpatient rehabilitation, Brayan left with a custom fitted prosthetic leg and was able to walk and kick the soccer ball once again!

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston is honored to provide this care to Brayan and our many other brave children that come to us seeking life-changing care. We could not provide this care if it weren't for the help of generous donors like you. Thank you for your gift!

Brayan and therapist share his many successes
Brayan and therapist share his many successes
Brayan and physical therapist practice walking
Brayan and physical therapist practice walking
Yoaly during 2013 stay at SHC-Houston
Yoaly during 2013 stay at SHC-Houston

Dear Donor,

Summer time is here and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston is caring for more kids than ever. Our specialty, 40-bed hospital is caring for about 20 inpatients daily and more than 250 outpatients weekly. Orthopaedic conditions, cleft lip and palate abnormalities and sudden traumatic injuries affect families everywhere. Fortunately, outstanding care is available to children and their families in Texas and beyond at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston.

Prosthetics, which help our kids walk, play and participate in sports, are an important part of what we do. Since our last update, we have provided 33 new full and partial prosthetic devices and 29 adjustments to 62 children. Only nine of these patients had any form of insurance to help cover some of the cost. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston has spent more than $192,000 in the last four months on prosthetic equipment for our kids. We could not do this without your support.

We are happy to provide an update on our patient Yoaly, who was our 2013 story of the year. Yoaly, who battled her way from infection and amputation to walking with her princess prosthetic legs, has blossomed even more since her time at the Houston hospital. Yoaly joined us for our first annual Camp Love without Limits in February 2015. At age 11, she is an adventurous and warm child who loves animals and playing with her friends. We are honored to still care for Yoaly and will continue her care until age 18. It is estimated she will need 2-4 additional sets of prosthetics as she develops. We are only able to provide this type of sustained care with your help. Thank you for your gift!

Yoaly at Camp Love without Limits 02/2015
Yoaly at Camp Love without Limits 02/2015
Yoaly preparing to zipline 02/2015
Yoaly preparing to zipline 02/2015
Yoaly ziplining 02/2015
Yoaly ziplining 02/2015
Yoaly at the petting zoo
Yoaly at the petting zoo

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Winnie Powell, PT and Ryder
Winnie Powell, PT and Ryder

Dear Donors,

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.

Lisa, OT and Ryder
Lisa, OT and Ryder
Ryder being awarded as Patient of the Month
Ryder being awarded as Patient of the Month
Devin
Devin

Dear Donor,

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!

Devin and Gabriela
Devin and Gabriela
James at Shriner parade.
James at Shriner parade.

Dear Donor,

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!

James.
James.
James, the Shriner kid.
James, the Shriner kid.
 

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Jennifer Hughes
Houston, TX United States

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