Diagnosed with diplegic infantile cerebral palsy, Olivia was walking way up on her tippy toes, had no balance, and could not stand in one place, unless she was bent over. After analyzing Olivia’s gait study performed in our Motion Analysis Lab, our orthopaedic surgeon recommended surgery and in March 2010, performed bilateral hamstring lengthening and bilateral heel cord lengthening. Olivia’s mom says, “It’s been a long road, but since her surgery, Olivia has a completely normal walking gait. She can ride a bike and does all the things other kids do like swimming, running, and jumping.”
Olivia is the first patient ever from the Greenville hospital to be selected as a National Patient Ambassador. Olivia’s co-ambassador is Brendon from the Shreveport Shriners Hospital.