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Family of Lexington Shriners Medical Center expresses gratitude for specialized care

Patient living out of state makes the drive to receive the best care possible

Loki, age 3, has been a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center  — Lexington since 9 months of age. Loki is being treated for infantile scoliosis by Lexington Shriners Medical Center's pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and staff members. He was 15 months old when he underwent his first surgery to receive a Mehta Cast.

He was born with torticollis, a rare condition in which the neck muscles contract, causing the head to twist to one side. The condition requires patients to receive an immense amount of therapy. Loki began physical therapy at 6 months of age. During therapy one day, the physical therapist discovered Loki's curvature of the spine. He was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon in Georgia, which is where Loki and his family reside. Upon further evaluation the family was recommended to seek specialized pediatric orthopaedic care from Lexington Shriners Medical Center. Since that time Ryan Muchow, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, has been providing focused care to Loki for infantile scoliosis.

"From our very first appointment with Dr. Muchow, he has had my full trust,” said Jamie, mother of Loki. “He is always there to answer questions and explain treatment. I know he is very busy, but he always tells us he has nothing but time for Loki.”

Loki went through five surgeries in order to change out the Mehta casts as he continued to grow. He received his fifth and final cast in October 2016. Loki is now wearing a thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) designed and fabricated by Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Midwest, LLC located within Lexington Shriners Medical Center. A TLSO is one of two main types of braces used to correct the lateral (sideways) curve of the spine in scoliosis.

“Loki was so young when he received his first Mehta cast, that it is pretty much all he has ever known. When we switched from a cast to the TLSO brace, we selected the 101 Dalmatian print. We call the brace his `puppies'. He loves his puppies and doesn't mind ever wearing them,” said Jamie.

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