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News Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Angella overcomes cerebral palsy mobility challenges

For 5-year-old Angella, trips to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville are fun playdates. “A great thing,” according to her mother, Loshana, because her visits to the hospital are frequent.

Diagnosed with triplegic cerebral palsy, Angella had spasticity in both legs and the left side of the upper body, and tightness and limited range of motion that required physical therapy.

Her journey with Shriners Hospitals for Children began in 2012 at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital, where her father was stationed in the military. When he retired from the Navy, the family decided to settle back on the mainland near a hospital that could best serve Angella’s needs.

“When we were deciding where to live, we heard how wonderful the Greenville Shriners Hospital was. We immediately noticed what a great sense of community there seemed to be,” said Loshana. “Everywhere you looked there were other children with like abilities and their families. Everyone interacted with one another. It didn’t even feel like a hospital.”

Angella’s treatment focused on improving balance and her ability to play age-appropriate games. She recently reached a pinnacle milestone – walking without her walker.

“When she first started with treatment here, she was still on her tiptoes and very stiff,” Loshana said. “Now she’s doing things we didn’t expect at this age. We didn’t expect her to be so mobile so soon and we continue to see great progress.”

Learn more about the outpatient clinics and orthopaedic care available at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville.