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Indiana mom and daughters helped by same hand surgeon

Indiana mom and daughters helped by same hand surgeon

Stephanie Davis has fond memories of her childhood hospital. She remembers getting pushed around the hospital in a wagon and the special treat she received from the cafeteria each time she was leaving Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago. “I always had to get a fruit roll-up and chocolate milk from the cafeteria before I left the hospital,” Davis said. Davis, now a mother of two herself, was a frequent visitor during her childhood to see pediatric hand surgeon Terry Light, M.D. “I was born with an extra finger and some of my fingers were fused together. I also had extra joints.”

Davis had two of the most common congenital hand conditions called syndactyly and polydactyly. She also had toes that were fused together. Her family brought her from Indiana to the Chicago Shriners Hospital for continued care, until she was a teenager. “They treat all of the kids as if they were their own. They really did feel like a family to me when I was little and I was actually sad when I personally didn’t need to go anymore.”

Her daughters Alexis and Ellie were both born with hand differences similar to their mother’s. When she found out about her daughters’ fingers and toes, her family suggested a large children’s hospital nearby. “I had offers to get us started at other hospitals, but I personally requested Shriners Hospital as they did so much for me growing up! I knew it was a long shot but I even requested Dr. Light.” Davis was thrilled to find out her childhood physician was still a hand surgeon at the Chicago Shriners Hospital and now, he is the surgeon for both her daughters. She shared her excitement in a recent Facebook review of the Chicago Shriners Hospital.

Alexis, age 3, has undergone three surgeries, most recently in January 2017 to remove an extra joint in her thumb. She visited the hospital in March to have the pins removed. Dr. Light said the procedure is often done if a child’s finger or thumb is overly long. “The extra joint is removed and the digit is shortened.” He wants other parents to know that if their child is born with an extra finger or webbed fingers that surgery is possible to separate them or remove extra digits if the family decides that is the course they would like to pursue.

Being a part of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago since 1980, Dr. Light is honored to now provide orthopaedic hand treatment for the children of his former patients. “I am glad that she (Stephanie) had such positive memories of her care in the past,” Dr. Light said.

As for Davis, she is confident her children will receive the same high-quality care that she remembers as a child. “I don’t think I will ever be able to truly thank the Shriners in my lifetime or show them just how much they have meant to me and my family,” David said.

For more information on pediatric hand surgery visit our Orthopaedics page.

Dr. Light with a patient and her dad



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