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Former patient now brings daughters to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia for skew foot care

Former patient now brings daughters to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia for skew foot care

It is not unusual to treat siblings at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia. Many of the conditions we treat affect siblings and are sometimes inherited from either or both parents.

Eight-year-old Karmyn and 6-year-old Kati have both been coming to the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital since they were born. Both receive care for skew foot, a rare genetic birth condition characterized by abnormal formation and growth of the bones in the foot, which often makes the foot look Z-shaped.

The girls’ mother, Robyn, knew exactly what do with the girls when they were born. Robyn was also born with skew foot and was cared for by the staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia when she was 12. Although the hospital is more than two hours from where they live in Maryland, she preferred to bring the girls to a place where she knew the staff would provide the best care for them.

“At another hospital, they wanted to twist [Karmyn’s] feet outward, which is what another doctor had done to me before I came to Shriners Hospital as a child,” said Robyn. “It messed up my alignment, which later the doctors corrected at Shriners Hospital. I learned from my parents’ mistakes. I like that the doctors here listen to me more than in the other places I have been.”

Robyn believes that the genetic deformity is less severe with her younger daughter since she was born early, as opposed to Karmyn, who she carried full term. Although her oldest daughter may need to have surgery at some point, she is hopeful that her younger daughter will only need to have braces.

Robyn credits her walking ability to her care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, and knows that it has improved her children’s lives as well.

“Without Shriners Hospital, my children would be more limited in all that they can do,” said Robyn.

Karmyn is in third grade and enjoys sports, music, art and horseback riding. Kati is in first grade and enjoys art and gymnastics.

Kati and Karmyn being treated by a physician