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news item News Monday, May 13, 2019 Monday, May 13, 2019 9:21 AM - Monday, May 13, 2019 9:21 AM

Orthotics and prosthetics let kids be kids

Located inside Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Southeast, LLC staff fabricates thousands of new orthopaedic devices each year. Ranging from prosthetic hands and feet to full arms and legs, POPS staff members believe it is important for all children to be active, even if they are wearing a device. For our experienced practitioners and technicians, being active doesn’t just mean accomplishing daily tasks – it also means participating in typical childhood activities, such as riding a bike, swinging a baseball bat or jumping rope.

“With a multitude of conditions treated at the Greenville Shriners Hospital, provision of prosthetic devices requires experienced employees to ensure quality, safety, fit and functionality,” said Phil Lis, certified prosthetist and orthotist. “Because we manufacture our own prosthetic devices in-house, it gives us the unique ability to measure, create, fit and assess the devices in one place. Specialized and personalized care also allow for the creation of adaptive devices that aid in letting kids be kids.”

Breonna hits the links

One such kid is patient Breonna, who receives care at the Greenville Shriners Hospital for congenital wrist disarticulation, which means she was born missing her hand and wrist where they connect to the arm on the left side. While she typically functions without the use of a prosthesis, a newly developed passion for golf led to a desire for a device that she could use with her golf club.

“She started playing golf with her dad and quickly realized how much she enjoys it,” said her mother, Nicole.

After seeking the guidance of POPS staff, Breonna was recently fitted for a unique device called a “prosthosis.” Unlike a prosthesis, which would add too much length to her already long residual limb, the sleek sleeve fits onto her arm and allows a terminal device to be added. In her case, the device is fitted to hold Breonna’s golf club and allows her to master the two-arm swing.

“This device is really going to help with her grip and also the power behind her swing,” said Nicole.

Brittany swings for the fences

Another patient showing off her powerful swing is Brittany, who proudly plays baseball alongside boys her age. Born with hypoplasia, a birth defect in which a body part does not grow or fully develop, she does not have a right hand. She had a goal she wanted to achieve when she came to the Greenville Shriners Hospital.

“I wanted to be able to swing the bat with both hands, instead of just one,” Brittany explained. “I knew it would give me more power and make the ball go farther.”

With the help of the adaptive device that fits onto her baseball bat, her original goal is now a reality. By focusing on the complete needs of each patient, POPS is helping make dreams such as these come true every day.