Saturday, April 25, 2009
Oroville girl is a Shriner success
Kalyn plays at Playtown Park Thursday. She was born with several bone abnormalities
By MARY WESTON - Staff Writer Enterprise Record-ChicoER.com
OROVILLE -- The little girl with the big smile who rode in the Feather Fiesta Day Parade with the Shriners two years ago, is still smiling even though she's scheduled for a second orthopedic surgery next month.
After the surgery, she will be in a body cast for six weeks.
Kalyn was born with several bone abnormalities of the hip and leg that in many children lead to amputation.
"I was told that she would never walk, and now she is running and jumping, and I can't keep up with her," said her mother Heather.
Peterson thanks the Shriners for medical care that will allow Kalyn to lead a full, active life.
"Shriners don't just drive little cars in parades," Peterson said. "The Shriners do so much to help children and families, and they get very little recognition."
Kalyn was born on March 1, 2006. After 10 days in intensive care, the doctors didn't know what was wrong with her.
"We were then referred to what we now hold so dear to our hearts, Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento," Peterson said.
Shriners hospitals treat children up to 18 with serious conditions including orthopedic problems, spinal cord injuries and burns at no cost, regardless of financial situations.
During the first hospital visit, Heather was diagnosed with a hip and pelvic defect called Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency, Fibular Hemimelia that caused shortened leg bones, and Knock Kneed Syndrome.
Kalyn had a surgery in May 2008 to lengthen her left leg