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Prosthetics keep Taylor active

In June 2008, we were expecting our second child when I went in for a routine ultrasound that revealed a blood clot had stopped our baby girl’s right arm from forming. She was going to be born with one hand.

As I mourned the loss of five tiny fingers, I feared what other’s perceptions of her would be and the struggles she would face. I wondered if we would be able to ride ATVs as a family. I wondered if she would be able to tie her own shoes.

I called our insurance company and found out they would not cover prosthetics. I wondered what we were going to do to get the services our daughter needed.

Thanks to word of mouth, almost 200 miles away from me, a member of the Kora Shriners told my mother about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield.

When we made our first trip to the Springfield Shriners Hospital, nothing could have prepared me for the moment we stepped inside. The staff eagerly awaited our arrival and made sure Taylor’s visit was more like a day at the park.

Taylor received her first “Armie” when she was 4 months old and it was love at first sight. We look forward to her upper extremity clinic visits. They give Taylor a chance to be around other kids like her and all of them are perfect just as she is.

Taylor is currently 8-years-old and participates in a wide variety of sports and activities. Her favorite sport is baseball! She loves art, and has won a handful of awards for her pieces. She never lets anything hold her back.

Learn more about Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Northeast, LLC, at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield.

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