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News Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jaycee sees no limits to her ability with a prosthetic leg

Jaycee was born with right proximal femoral focal deficiency, a rare, nonhereditary birth defect that affects the pelvis, particularly the hip bone and the proximal femur. The disorder may affect one side or both, with the hip being deformed and the leg shortened.

Jaycee’s right femur did not form correctly in utero resulting in amputation of her right leg just six months after birth. Janet Walker, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington advised Jaycee’s parents and family that this was the right decision in order for Jaycee to have the best quality of life.

Jaycee has been actively involved in sports from swimming to cheerleading for most of her life. She has never seen any limits to her ability. Now at 13 years old, Jaycee has discovered that she has been blessed with another talent, superb artistic ability to paint. 

“My life would not be what is today if not for Shriners Medical Center, the expert medical doctors who have chosen to practice in Lexington, and the nurses and staff. I am not sure that there are any words that can adequately express my gratitude,” said Jaycee.

Jaycee frequently visits the Lexington Shriners Medical Center and Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) — Midwest, LLC, located within the medical center. The POPS department specializes in custom fabrication of artificial limbs and braces for children, adolescents and young adults. Jaycee has become very close to her prosthetist as she relies on his expertise and knowledge to adjust her prosthetic so she can perform to the best of her ability.

Learn more about the prosthetic and specialty care available at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington