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INTERNATIONAL MASONIC RIDERS ASSOCIATION

 

 

SMILING MADDIE



When our daughter, Maddie, first started to walk at 16 months old we noticed that she had a limp.  At first we thought nothing of it, assuming that she was just learning to walk and that it would work its way out over time.  Over the next couple of months we watched her struggle with it.  She would literally walk in circles while trying to keep up with the other kids at daycare, often laying there and crying in frustration.  It slowly dawned on us that this wasn't normal, and it wasn't going away.  When we brought it up with her doctor he diagnosed her with hip dysplasia.  Her hip was completely dislocated making one leg a whole 2 inches different in length.  Maddie’s treatment would include surgery and being in a spica (chest to toes) cast for three or more months.  This would be the first of what could be multiple surgeries throughout her growing years.  The hardest part of this was knowing that, since she could not talk yet, we had no way to tell her what was going to happen or that it would be alright.  Shortly after her diagnosis a relative saw a flyer advertising a screening clinic for Shriners Hospitals for Children.  At the time we knew nothing about Shriners or the work that they do, but because of that flyer our lives would never be the same.  Maddie was accepted as a patient and she was put into traction one month later with surgery shortly after that.  After her first surgery she spent three months in a spica cast and smiled the whole way through. 

The experience with Shriners Hospitals for Children was much different from what could be expected at any other hospital.  The hospital’s entire focus is on the patient and their family.  Because of insurance purposes, most hospitals would have kicked us out shortly after surgery.  In contrast to this, however, we were allowed to stay at the hospital until we were confident we could take care of a 19 month old in a huge cast.  By taking the financial worry out of the situation my wife and I were freed to focus on Maddie and just be parents, and this was one of the most healing things possible for her in a confusing and frightening new situation.  This intense medical experience has the potential to pull a family apart due to financial, emotional, and physical stress, but it actually brought our family closer together because of the support of Shriners.  The Shriners Hospitals have the best doctors in the fields they represent.  Their research and discoveries often become the standard for the rest of the field. 

Maddie is now five years old and walks very well.  She spent the three years after her first surgery sleeping in a brace and had a second round of surgery and casting this past summer. There is a good chance she will have more surgeries in the future.  Even so, we find comfort in knowing that until she is 21 The Shriners Hospitals will take care of her with the highest quality of care, allowing our family to focus on being just that: a family full of laughter, adventure, and love






 

 









 

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Tampa, FL 33607
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813-281-0300

 

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