Happy Easter!

by Shriners on April 17, 2014

Thank you Easter Bunny and members of Groove Phi Groove for visiting with patients today!

 

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This is a special post written by Greenville Shriners Hospital Patient Ambassador Pam Reynolds on her NASCAR experience:

Pam with David Ragan

Pam with David Ragan

Going to the race was an incredible experience! My family was given Hot Passes to the Darlington race by David Ragan which meant there wasn’t anywhere that we couldn’t go. We were walking among the owners, the pit crews, and the drivers for hours! It was really exciting to know we had that kind of privilege. Not only where we well-received by David Ragan’s group, but all of NASCAR.

When we got over to David Reagan’s car hauler it was so amazing. We were given a full tour of the hauler, given information on how it works, and was able to view the labeled uniforms and the second race car on the top. Fox Sports was there and took some footage of me and David.

My family and I were able to stand and talk with David. We thanked him for his support and were excited to think what kind of exposure our visit with him might help bring the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Then we went to the beginning of the race, we were welcomed at the actual pit location. We walked with David through the crowds as he signed a commemorative flag and then back over to the pit.

My sister and I were allowed up in the pit box to watch the race. Earplugs in, we began to watch the race. It was thrilling. We were standing right there! At the end of the day, my sister and I received racing shirts that look identical to the pit crews, hats, die cast NASCAR replica cars, and autographs.

I’m not sure what the statistics would be, but I feel sure that only a fraction of all the NASCAR fans in the world get to experience the kind of day that we had.

From Pam’s mom, Robin:

David Ragan was such a great guy. He was so down to earth and genuinely sincere in his support of Pam and her struggles. He was quick to point out that Pam was the star. He had seen her posters and her videos at the Greenville Shriners Hospital. It was kind of neat to think this NASCAR driver was telling Pam he was impressed with her!

Once again I’m left with the thought that for all we have been through God always has a way of giving back- the absolute awe that most were in watching Pam walk/run and mix with these NASCAR people is always very fulfilling. Something as simple as her climbing the stands to take her seat: you can watch peoples jaws drop in amazement. Pam said it best that God has a plan for everyone. His plan was for her to be an amputee and help people understand amputees don’t have to be held back in fact they can all be rock stars like she is! I always leave these events hoping that somebody will see Shriners Hospitals for Children and think about a donation next time because they see what their work did in person!

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Hospital screeningIf you know a child or teen you think could benefit from the expert pediatric orthopaedic care provided at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, let their parents know about our free orthopaedic screening on May 3! The screening provides an opportunity for parents to bring their children by the hospital and meet one-on-one with one of our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Our clinicians will be screening for conditions such as scoliosis, clubfeet, spina bifida, leg length discrepancy, cerebral palsy, and difficulties that resulted from sports injuries. If the child needs further treatment, they may be referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville where they will receive all care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

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NASCAR driver David Ragan made a pit stop to visit with patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville. In addition to Ragan’s racing achievements, he is a Shriner and loyal supporter of Shriners Hospitals for Children naming the pediatric health care system his official charity of choice in 2008. David Ragan joined Front Row Motorsports in January of 2012. In his first two years for the Ford team, Ragan collected two top-fives, four top 10′s, and a dramatic win at Talladega Super Speedway in 2013. It was Front Row Motorsports first win in the Sprint Cup Series.

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Special Visitor Brings Smiles to Patients

by Shriners on April 8, 2014

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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville patient Sadie Spring was chosen to be in a national commercial for the hospital system. The energetic four year old had a great time filming the commercial, playing with the crew, and loved being the star of the show. Click below to watch Sadie’s commercial, but first, here’s her story.

Meet Sadie Spring

Sadie as a newborn (top) and after 3 years of treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children (bottom)

Sadie as a newborn (top) and after 3 years of treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children (bottom)

Jessi Spring remembers looking forward to her doctor’s appointment because she was going to learn if she was having a baby girl or boy. “After staring at the screen for a very long time, the obstetrician turned to my husband and me and said, ‘Everything is probably all right, but I think your daughter may have a club foot.’” Club foot is one of the most common birth defects seen in the lower extremity. It is characterized by the foot being turned to the side or pointing downward. Jessi was sent to a local high risk pregnancy office for a 3-D ultrasound. After the ultrasound, Jessi describes, “They came into the room and told us ‘Your baby has some problems.’” Not only did Sadie have clubbed feet, she was also diagnosed with arthrogryposis. Arthrogryposis is a rare, non-progressive muscle disorder causing stiff joints and an overall lack of muscular development. Children with arthrogryposis are born with a deformity of the joint and a limited range of joint motion. All of Sadie’s joints were affected. While researching arthrogryposis and treatments on the internet, Jessi discovered Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville and occupational therapist Lisa Wagner, MHS, OTR/L. Lisa immediately invited Jessi to meet with her and tour the hospital. Jessi says, “Lisa is absolutely brilliant and very knowledgeable about arthrogryposis. She introduced me to all of the doctors who would treat Sadie after she was born. She made me feel very comfortable with the hospital and the expected course of treatment.”

At three weeks old, Sadie began receiving care at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospital treated her club feet with Ponseti Method casting. The Ponseti Method of serial casting includes gentle massage and moving of parts of the foot to stretch the tight or shortened structures slowly into a good position. A long leg cast then holds the foot in place for about a week. During this time, the muscles and ligaments stretch enough to allow a little more correction in the foot’s position. The cast is taken off and the foot is again massaged or stretched and moved into a more correct position. A cast is then reapplied. David Westberry, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville says, “The cast is changed weekly for five to six weeks. After the sixth cast, we do a minimal surgical procedure to lengthen the heel cord tendon. A final cast is left in place for three weeks, and then the child is placed in a foot brace, to maintain the correction and prevent recurrence.” Sadie’s mom says, “Thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sadie can now walk barefoot and will not have to have any major surgeries on her feet.”While Sadie’s legs were in casts, her arms were receiving intense physical therapy, occupational therapy, and serial splinting. When Sadie was born, her wrists were bent downwards and her fingers were twisted. Sadie wore the arm splints and each week the splints were adjusted to reflect her new range of motion. Jessi had to do physical therapy on Sadie’s arms and fingers at every diaper change until she was six months old. Jessi says, “I can’t say enough about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s occupational therapist Lisa Wagner. She is a brilliant innovator. One night I had a dream about a splint to correct Sadie’s twisted fingers. I told Lisa about the splint, and the very next day she built it! The splint worked, and now when you look at Sadie’s hands, you would never know her fingers were once twisted together.”

Sadie with her serial casts for ONE arm!

Sadie with her serial casts for ONE arm!

Sadie received serial casting once again. This time it was for her elbows. At birth, Sadie had less than five degrees of range of motion in her elbows. Through therapy, splinting and active play, and elbow release surgeries, Sadie can now bend both of her elbow. Jessi says, “I am so excited about her progress. Sadie is now able to bend her arms and put food in her mouth all by herself. She can even touch her nose!”

Today, at four years old, Sadie continues to come to the Greenville Shriners Hospital each week for occupational therapy and is making great strides every day to become more and more independent. With her contagious smile, there is no doubt Sadie will go far.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the filming of Shriners Hospitals for Children’s commercial:


Sadie’s Commercial:

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Hoops for Love

by Shriners on March 21, 2014

1st Degree Shriners Hoops for Love LogoJoin the Madness! This March fundraise for your favorite hospital in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Hoops for LOVE Challenge. When your favorite college basketball teams go to the net, so can you! Check out the Hoops for LOVE  bracket today! http://www.lovetotherescue.org/hoopsforlove/

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

by Shriners on March 17, 2014

Jemma Masters, 2 years old

Jemma Masters, 2 years old

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Special Visit and Fundraiser

by Shriners on March 13, 2014

Thank you Greenville Zaxby’s and Little Zach for visiting and cheering up our patients before you held a fundraiser last night for our hospital!

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Annual Shriner Days

by Shriners on March 10, 2014

This past weekend, Greenville Shriners Hospital hosted our first ever Annual Shriner Days. Many Shriners, families, friends, and patients came out to enjoy two days of learning about the hospital’s programs and services. If you came to the event, please take a few minutes to answer a survey to help us make next year’s event even better. Click here to take survey

Thank you to everyone who came and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s Annual Shriner Days on March 13 and 14, 2015!

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