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We would like to congratulate patient Logan on being named homecoming queen for her high school!

Logan says the Greenville Shriners Hospital isn’t just a place where she feels at home, it’s a place that has changed her life. “I used to cry every night because my legs were so tight they hurt – not anymore!” Logan says, smiling. “Shriners Hospital changed my life!”

Logan was born three months early and weighed just 1 pound and 14 ounces. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) early on and because of her small size at birth, spent four months in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Logan began receiving treatment at the Greenville Shriners Hospital for her diagnosis of quadriplegic CP with bilateral foot deformities when she was 2 years old. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders affecting movement, muscle tone and coordination. Signs of cerebral palsy usually appear before 18 months of age. Logan had been diagnosed at four months.

“Parents often note their child is not achieving normal developmental milestones such as smiling, sitting, crawling or walking,” describes David Westberry, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville. “Babies with cerebral palsy can either have very little muscle control or be especially rigid and may sometimes favor one side of their body over the other.”

The Greenville Shriners Hospital knows that patients with CP need a wide range of care and services in order to thrive; therefore, early interventions for patients like Logan consist of Botox injections in the muscles, wearing orthotics, physical and occupational therapy, and a visit to the motion analysis center, where an interdisciplinary team analyzes, measures and evaluates the gait (walking pattern) to develop the optimum care plan for a patients’ individual needs.

Following the treatment above, Logan had surgery when she was 11 years old to have her hamstrings lengthened and toes fused. She was also fitted for AFOs (leg braces) at the hospital.

Today, Logan no longer walks on her toes and is able to engage in the kinds of activities that she used to watch from the sidelines. She enjoys karate, modeling and is an enthusiastic participant in Miracle League sports.

“I don’t walk on my toes anymore,” she says, “so I can walk and run faster and I don’t get tired as easily.”

Logan may have been born small, but she definitely dreams (and achieves) big. Her future plans include learning to drive a car and college. Her career goal is to become a radiologist.

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