Orthopaedic care can change lives for the better! These stories share the experiences of two kids who received orthopaedic care at Dayton Children’s.
Meghan Mays, 17, from Centerville was diagnosed with scoliosis at age six and began seeing Mike Albert, MD, orthopaedic surgeon at Dayton Children’s. After nine years of wearing different back braces to try to fix the problem it was decided that Meghan would need surgery. Her back had gone from a 20 degree curve to 54 degrees. Dr. Albert performed spinal surgery on Meghan in December 2011 and placed two rods and 16 screws in her back to straighten her spine. Today Meghan is standing a little taller and is extremely active in cross country and working at multiple part-time jobs. Meghan wants to be a nurse when she grows up because of the amazing care the nurses at Dayton Children’s gave her while she was here.
In 2009, Shirray Burnside had been diagnosed with scoliosis and was quickly scheduled a surgery date to correct her spinal curve. After a summer long recovery, Shirray now enjoys a typical and active senior year.
Kaitlyn Dove, 12, has had more medical complications in her life than most people could even imagine having. Even with multiple heart and lung conditions as well as a variety of other complications, Kaitlyn continues to have a positive outlook on life and always wants to help others.
Patrick Bleser, 16, has spent his whole life in and out of Dayton Children’s for vast medical issues and has been through eight surgeries, but you wouldn’t know it talking to him. Patrick doesn't let his medical problems dictate his life but rather goes into each day with a positive attitude and his stellar smile!
Justin was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. Since birth Justin has had over thirty surgeries and has seen 14 different specialties at Dayton Children’s. Even though his condition has required him to be on crutches or in a wheelchair, Justin is still extremely active. He has tried almost every sport that he could including soccer and baseball, but his real love is basketball. He also plays the French horn in his school’s band.
Hanna Katherine Ying Lebamoff has been amazing her mother and the care team at Dayton Children's since she was adopted by Mary Chellis Lebamoff in 2006.
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