One week before her 12th birthday, Kaitlyn was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Now a 21-year-old college student, Kaitlyn shares her story and tells how the care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children transformed her life.Read More
Severe Burn Injuries
Abby tripped and landed knee-deep in hot ashes while playing with her brother on the family farm in Turlock. The heat burned Abby’s sandals off her feet, causing third-degree burns on her feet and ankles. She also suffered second-degree burns on her hands.
When Antwon was carried off the football field due to a knee injury in the fall of 2017, he questioned his future as an athlete. Thanks to the Sports Medicine team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, he is on track to return to the playing field.
Caitlyn knows what it means to run your own race. As a baby, Caitlyn was diagnosed with right-sided hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that makes it difficult for her to move and control the right side of her body. Doctors made the diagnosis after a CAT scan revealed that Caitlyn had a stroke in utero.
Courtney dreamed of becoming a model when she was a girl. At the age of 10, she developed scoliosis. Her doctor said to wait and watch.
Around the age of 13, Courtney grew six and a half inches in one year. The rapid growth spurt progressed her disease so severely, it gave her a pronounced hump, a swayback and a spine that was so twisted it pushed out her ribs and pressed on her lungs.
Severe Burn Injuries
Dulce Contreras was 16 years old the first time she came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. It was December 2001. Third degree burns covered her face and hands. The life-threatening injuries were caused by a kitchen gas leak that triggered an explosion and fire that destroyed her family’s home in Nogales, Mexico.
When a respiratory infection landed Ella Errecarte, just 3 years old at the time, in the emergency room of Sutter-Davis Hospital, doctors quickly ordered x-rays to screen for possible pneumonia. “When the x-rays came back, they provided a clear view Ella’s spine, and that’s when I noticed a strange curve,” said Vanessa. Doctors concluded that Ella likely had Early Onset Scoliosis, a rare condition that if left untreated can endanger the heart and lungs. They referred Ella to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
Nine-year-old Emery was all smiles at her recent appointment with Eric Klineberg, M.D. Diagnosed with scoliosis when she was in first grade, Emery’s pediatrician referred her to our Shriners Hospital for care. “I noticed she couldn’t stand or sit for long periods of time,” said her mother, who shared an x-ray image taken of her daughter’s “S-shaped” spine.
Congenital Hip Dysplasia
As captain of the Sacramento Rollin Kings, Eric Harris shouts encouraging words as he dribbles, passes and spins his way on the basketball court. His confidence is contagious, as both his teammates’ efforts and the scoreboard suggest. Clearly, Harris is comfortable in his chair on the court.
Shortly after Giovanni was born at a Southern California hospital, nurses noticed he had a rare abnormality. They fed him and his stomach swelled up and remained distended. Further examination revealed that Giovanni had an anorectal malformation that occurs in roughly 1 in 5,000 births. His colon did not develop in the right location, making it impossible for Giovanni to have a normal bowel movement.
Three years later, Giovanni has normal colorectal function thanks to the Pediatric Surgery team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
Hannah and Katie were each born with a misshapen leg and missing fingers, but adopted from their native China by a family that knew love and the best medical care could lead to normal, fruitful lives. Thanks to successful surgeries and custom-designed prosthetics, Hannah and Katie have conquered their lower limb problems. Now the sisters are pushing each other to accomplish something with their tiny hands that fully dexterous people seldom pursue — playing the piano.
Martin arrived at Shiners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, in the summer of 2017 with a wheelchair and a diagnosis — osteogenesis imperfecta. Commonly referred to as brittle bone disease, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a congenital disorder characterized by defective connective tissue and brittle bones that are prone to fracture. Treatment includes surgery to repair broken bones.
Michael swung his way into a top spot on his varsity high school golf team last year, the only freshman who earned the ability to travel to away tournaments. That year he also tried out for the Elk Grove High School freshman football team and landed as one of the kickers. This year he wants to play linebacker, fullback and kicker on the junior varsity team.