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Overcoming club feet

Meet Levi

Overcoming club feet

Meet Levi, a patient of Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena, California. Levi is a charismatic, fun-loving little boy who enjoys playing baseball, bike riding, swimming, and, most importantly, dancing. “All thanks to Shriners Medical Center,” said his mother. A person would wonder what type of treatment Levi received while at Shriners for Children Medical Center because he looks like an ordinary 5-year-old.

Levi’s story began at mom's 20-week anatomy ultrasound; she found out the gender of her baby boy and some unexpected news. Levi’s doctor mentioned there was something a little different about his feet. The physician examined the ultrasound, which showed that Levi’s little feet turned inward instead of outward. When Levi was born, the doctors diagnosed him with bilateral clubfoot.

While mom was researching treatments for bilateral clubfoot, she came across Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles. After reading reviews and information on Shriners Hospitals for Children, she felt less anxious and confident that all would be well.

Soon Levi was born, and his mother scheduled an appointment at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles (now Shriners for Children Medical Center — Pasadena). There Levi met with Selina Poon, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon whose clinical specialty is clubfoot. “Dr. Selina Poon is currently our doctor, and she has been amazing,” said Levi's mom.

When he was 10 days old, Levi began serial casting on both feet, which lasted four months, followed by a brace that he has been wearing for the past four years. “Looking back at all the restless nights and countless doctor appointments, I can say it has all been worth it,” said mom.

After receiving treatment for club feet, Levi can now fully enjoy being a kid. At Shriners for Children Medical Center, that is our goal, to help instill the confidence in our patients and help make, if not all, a part of their dreams come true.