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news News Thursday, April 30, 2020 Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:00 AM - Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:00 AM

A backyard injury introduces new patient to the Greenville Shriners Hospital

A backyard injury introduces new patient to the Greenville Shriners Hospital

It was the last throw of the game when Bella ran through the grass chasing after the ball, twisting her ankle. Unable to bear weight on the injury, it was the end of the day’s fun for the 9-year-old.

“It happened on a Monday, and I thought it was just a sprain that would start to heal,” said her mom, Karina. “By Thursday morning, it wasn’t getting any better. I was very worried about taking her to an emergency room full of sick people. Then I remembered a post I saw from a friend on Facebook about the injury care clinic [at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville], so I gave them a call.”

The clinic, which sees all patients within 48 hours, was able to offer Bella a same-day appointment. Upon arrival, Karina said she was struck by the warm staff and extra COVID-19 safety precautions, including a temperature screening to enter the building and the requirement that everyone wear a mask – which was provided to them.

“We had never been to Shriners Hospital, and Bella had a bad experience at a different hospital before – so she was very nervous at first,” said Karina. “When we walked in, it looked so different and cool. She loved all the animal paintings and sculptures, and everyone was so nice and attentive. That made her feel much better.”

After an examination and X-ray, it was determined that Bella had fractured her growth plate – an injury that requires three weeks in a cast to heal. “The lady who put the cast on was really friendly, and Bella was given all the information she needed to know how to take care of her cast,” said Karina. Bella was then shown how to walk with crutches. “They spent at least 20 minutes making sure they were at the right level, and that she was comfortable walking with them. The staff spent more time than we’ve experienced before. They really wanted to make sure we had the right tools before we went home.”

The third grader will soon be back to doing what she loves best: playing soccer, riding bikes and walking her good friend, Bear the dog.