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Louie benefits from Shriners Hospital team approach to care

Louie benefits from Shriners Hospital team approach to care

Louie benefits from Shriners Hospital team approach to care

Louie Lingard
Hometown: Eureka, Calif.
Why Shriners Hospitals for Children: Orthopaedic conditions

Louie Lingard was born with orthopaedic conditions that challenged his ability to stand straight and tall and grip small objects. When he was 2½ years old, his doctor referred him to the orthopaedic team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.

At the Northern California Shriners Hospital, Louie is seen by several doctors and has benefited from the team approach to care. Dr. Craig McDonald, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, has followed Louie’s progress through the years. Louie has had three surgeries on his hands and surgery on his feet. He is seen by the spine team, with whom Louie’s parents Ron and Joeinne consult on the potential need for surgery as their son grows. Over the years, Sonny Alcairo has made several braces for Louie in the hospital’s orthotics and prosthetics lab.

“I am now able to walk and I am way more confident,” says Louie, who brightens the room with his smile. “My surgeries have helped me do better in school and in sports by giving me better use of my hands. My foot surgeries have helped my walking and I can play basketball now,” he says, adding that he was assistant coach for the girls and boys basketball teams at his school in Eureka.