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Cheerleader gets her pep back thanks to care team's "outstanding" collaboration

Gabbie's story

Cheerleader gets her pep back thanks to care team's "outstanding" collaboration

Gabbie, a bubbly 14-year-old, is a spirited cheerleader for the “Buffanblu” Intermediate Cheer Team at Punahou School.

While preparing for a competition with the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH), Gabbie suffered a hamstring injury.

At first, the school’s athletic trainers worked with Gabbie to rehabilitate her injury, but after not showing significant improvement, the teen was referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu for treatment. “I chose Shriners because of their outstanding reputation in the community for serving outpatient needs,” said Gabbie’s mom, Gaylynn.

Gabbie’s initial appointment was in September of 2019, with pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Craig M. Ono, M.D., who not only treated her injury, but helped relieve any fears Gabbie had about being in a hospital.

“I was so lucky when I arrived to be able to be seen by Dr. Ono! He was very thorough and caring. He helped me to feel less anxious about my injury by reassuring me that I was OK,” Gabbie said, noting that other members of her care team went the extra mile to make sure she was comfortable during her visit.

“I will always remember the kindness showed by Jay Shaffer, the X-ray tech. He was so friendly and kind. He saw I was scared and made sure I felt comfortable. He made sure my mom was never out of my view during the X-ray, so I felt reassured,” Gabbie noted.

“Helene Freni-Rogers, from recreation therapy, also went out of her way to ensure I felt comfortable,” Gabbie continued. “She stayed with us to make sure I understood what was happening and brought me a little stuffed animal to help calm my nerves.”

Today, Gabbie is doing much better. She was able to rejoin the Intermediate Punahou Cheer Team and round out the season. In fact, she and her team placed second in the ILH program last year.

She is thrilled to have her injury behind her, and is excited to focus on rebuilding her strength for the new cheer season.

She also has become a huge fan of the Honolulu Shriners Hospital and the aloha she and her family were shown.

“Shriners [Hospitals for Children] is important to me because all of the doctors, nurses and therapists are so caring. They love children, and it shows. I appreciate the extra attention they put into working with children,” Gabbie said. “They know how to care for children and are experts in making patients feel safe and comfortable! I’m so grateful to Shriners for their loving care.”

Gabbie performing with her cheerleading team