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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Miranda, age 17 of Frisco

Miranda_blogMiranda, age 17 of Frisco, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2012. She is missing the fibula bone in her left leg and wears a lower leg prosthetic. Miranda enjoys babysitting and watching her favorite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. This will be Miranda’s second time on the Amputee Ski Trip. Miranda is excited to make new friends who also wear prostheses. She also looks forward to seeing her instructor who helped her learn how to ski. Last year, Miranda had the chance to meet former Scottish Rite Hospital patient Patience Beard on the Amputee Ski Trip. Patience inspires her because she cheers and snowboards, all with her prosthetic leg. Miranda can’t wait to get back on the slopes at this year’s trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

Miranda_BlogFebruary 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Alfonso, age 14 of Bedford

Alfonso_BlogAlfonso, age 14 of Bedford, Texas, has been treated for both hand differences and prosthetic needs at Scottish Rite Hospital since he was five years old.

Alfonso dreams of one day becoming a teacher and enjoys volleyball and playing the trombone. His prosthetist Kara Davis describes him as a “very fun-loving, active kid” and his adventurous spirit is infectious to all who meet him. Alfonso has never been skiing and is excited to learn on this year’s Amputee Ski Trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

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Alfonso served as a Patient Champion for the Dallas Marathon in 2013.

February 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

For more information, visit

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Ryanne, age 13 of Mineola

Ryanne Carr_blogRyanne, age 13 of Mineola, Texas, was adopted from Kazakhstan in 2005 at the age of two. She became a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital shortly after arriving to the United States. Ryanne was born with a condition called amniotic band syndrome, which constricts the growth of extremities including arms, legs and fingers. Because of that, Ryanne had both legs amputated and is missing part of her right arm.

Today, Ryanne is a very active teenager and loves participating in competitive sports, with track and field being her favorite activity. She served as the 2010 junior race director for the Dallas Marathon at the young age of 7 years old, where she represented the hospital and helped count down the start of the race.

The specialized care that she has received at Scottish Rite Hospital has inspired her to want to be a prosthetist when she grows up. Ryanne is most excited to learn how to ski and see snowy mountains for the first time at this year’s Amputee Ski Trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

Ryanne pictured with Don Cummings in 2013.

Ryanne pictured with her prosthetist Don Cummings in 2013.

February 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

Ryan & Gia’s Moment



Siblings Ryan & Gia can ride tall, despite their congenital upper- and lower-limb differences. Hospital prosthetists created a customized leg for Ryan and a unique prosthetic arm for Gia. When it comes to helping kids live each moment to the fullest – we don’t horse around.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our one-of-a-kind prosthetics department on our Facebook page. Join us for patient stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit

2016 – A Year In Review

2016 was a wonderful year for the hospital. Take a look at some numbers from the year.

*Numbers reflect total patients treated during our fiscal year, October 2015 – September 2016.

Dyslexia Stat Foot Disorder StatHand StatHip StatLL Stat

Spine StatSports Stat

Prosthetics Stat


Additional Milestones from 2016

  • We celebrated the hospital’s 95th birthday in October. We’re proud to have treated 269,019 patients since 1921.
  • Groundbreaking_blogOn October 19, we broke ground on our second facility in Frisco, with plans of opening in Fall of 2018. The five-story, 345,000-square-foot structure will be strategically located to fulfill a growing need for patient care in the rapidly expanding North Texas area. The campus will offer clinics and day surgeries for children with orthopedic issues and will be anchored by our Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine.
  • We started seeing patients in our Fracture Clinic in Plano. This clinic is unique because patients do not need a doctor referral to be seen.
  • We launched our electronic medical records system in the fall. Have you set up your MySRH account?
  • Our signature event, Treasure Street, raised more than $1.1 million for the patients at Scottish Rite Hospital.
  • For the second consecutive year, the National Research Corporation (NRC) recognized the hospital’s dedication to excellent patient care with two Path to Excellence Awards. The hospital was also one of two institutions to receive recognition for Most Improved Facilities – Children’s Hospitals, based on improvement over last year’s award-winning inpatient performance scores.
  • Our research and clinical team were busy in 2016 with: 141 active research projects, 172 medical abstracts presented, 89 medical articles published and 119 appearances as guest medical speakers.

Thanks for supporting the hospital this year, we look forward to 2017!

Sports Medicine MVP – Aaron

Aaron Lowenberg, 17 of Allen, says he couldn’t have played again without the expertise of Dr. Philip Wilson and our sports medicine team. In 2014, Aaron had pain in his knee that was keeping him from enjoying sports. He was diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans of the knee and needed surgery. For some, this problem may keep young athletes from sports completely. But, our MVP just wrapped up his senior football season at Allen High School where the Eagles just made it to the Class 6A Division I state semifinals. We asked Aaron to answer a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

Photo Credit: Texas Sports Photos

Photo Credit: Texas Sports Photos

What sports have you played and when did you focus football? I‘ve played baseball since I was 5, basketball during elementary school, and football since I was 5 (Tackle when I was 8). I began focusing on football during my recovery my sophomore year. Because my recovery prevented me from playing baseball the spring of my sophomore year, I missed a critical season. Because of my size, football seemed like the best choice for me.

What was the most exciting moment for you this football season? For me, I would say being able to go and visit the elementary schools to do reading with the students and being able to connect with them like when I was younger with Reading with The Eagles.

What advice do you have for young athletes? I would have to say to enjoy what you do. Enjoy playing and the process of making it happen. Enjoy the family members that support you and the people that surround you. Because you never know when something so precious can take a sideline. I thank Scottish Rite Hospital for giving me the ability to experience football and what comes with it. With that staff of miracle workers, you are bound to succeed.

Have you ever met anyone else with Osteochondritis Dissecans? I knew someone who made it back to play football in college, so I knew if I did exactly as I should, I would have that chance, too.

Was it hard for you to explain your problem to your coaches and friends? Yes, it was very difficult explaining the injury because of the complexity. And also it was hard because I didn’t know what to expect in the beginning.

When you were released back to football, how long had you been out of the game? 9/21/15 – had been out since 8/12/14, and watched on TV as my teammates won the State Championship. I came back as a Junior through JV, and was pulled up to Varsity the final district game of the season, 11/6/15. It was incredible to get to run through the tunnel with my teammates.

Do you want to continue playing football in college? Yes, it is a goal of mine. It would be a great thing for not only getting to play the sport that I love, but getting a great education for down the road.

Since you are graduating from Allen High School in June, what are your plans next year? To go to a college to continue football and pursue my studies for a major in business and minor in communications.

Congratulations to you and your team on a great football season at Allen High School, we look forward to more success stories from you in the future!

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Sport Science and Injury Prevention Weekend – Save the Date!

Looking for something fun to do as the winter break comes to an end? Our sports medicine team will be at Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco on January 7 and 8 to teach you and your young athletes about injury prevention. During the talks and throughout the weekend, Sci-Tech staff will lead children through activities to better understand the science behind sports.

We’ll have sports medicine physical therapists on-site to teach proper movement patterns for common sports moves using video motion analysis. Our movement science experts will explain the tools we use for athletes and demonstrate data collection techniques with a timed agility course.

Hear from sports medicine physicians on these topics while your children, ages 4-13, participate in an interactive sport science activity with Sci-Tech experts.


Jane Chung, M.D. – Injury Prevention – Top Ten Tips for Parents (Saturday)

Chung_WC_webCovering a wide variety of components of injury prevention, Dr. Chung will address easy to implement action items to prevent injuries in young athletes.




Shane Miller, M.D. – Sports-Related Concussions (Saturday)

Shane Miller MD_WCAfter defining a concussion, Dr. Miller will provide information about recognizing a concussion and what to do if one is suspected. He will emphasize the importance of acting promptly and following medical recommendations to help minimize symptoms and safely return the athlete to school and sports. 



Philip Wilson, M.D. – Preventing Throwing Injuries (Sunday)

Dr-Phil-Wilson-LIGHTER-updated-2015-07After describing how a young thrower’s arm differs from an adult, Dr. Wilson will describe common throwing injuries in a growing child. He will share the best known approaches for preventing injuries in young throwers.



Review the schedule of these free presentations and reserve seats for you and your children on the Sci-Tech website.

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Take our Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt!

15392937_1824447864499615_6009201809372563545_oWill you be visiting the hospital this holiday season? We invite you to take our Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt and find all the hidden items in our decorated trees on the Clinic “C” Level of the hospital.

Here’s How to Play

  1. Print off the map (click on image below to get a printable PDF) or you can pick up a blank map at the front entrance or registration desk.
  2. Write the tree number next to the item found
  3. Return your completed map to the desk at the Front Entrance for a holiday treat!

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Martial Arts for Kids: Some Common Sports Medicine Questions Answered

The Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, a committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) focused on the well-being of young athletes, recently published a report focused on safety in martial arts. Scottish Rite Hospital Sports Medicine specialists Shane M. Miller, M.D., and Jane S. Chung, M.D., both members of the council, have answered some FAQs to help you interpret the clinical report and make safe choices for your children.

What are the most common injuries seen in children who participate in martial arts?

Dr. Miller: The most common injuries seen in martial arts include fractures (broken bones), ligament sprains, muscle strains and contusions (deep bruises). Concussions are also common in disciplines that involve striking or grappling.

Martial Arts_FacebookWhat are the benefits of participating in martial arts?

Dr. Miller: These activities promote life skills like self-discipline, respect, self-control and confidence. Additionally, there are physical benefits that translate to general wellness and a lifetime of physical activity. These include: flexibility, muscle strengthening, balance and coordination.

What equipment do you recommend to make participation safer?

Dr. Chung: Certain martial arts such as taekwondo and those that involve contact like sparring require a soft helmet, mouth guards and body pads. This equipment is intended to decrease the risk of skull and dental trauma, face trauma-lacerations, abrasions, but do not prevent concussions.

Is there an age that is too young to participate?

Dr. Chung: There is no specific age that is too young to participate, however a child or adolescent should not proceed to competitions or sparring until they have mastered non-contact skills and drills, and are both physically and mentally mature as determined by their instructor.

The AAP strongly discourages participation in mixed martial arts (MMA) in the pediatric population. These typically include combat style fighting involving repeated blows to the head, chokeholds, takedowns and awarding total knock-outs or TKO’s. Also, awarding extra points for direct hits to the head should not be supported.

What is the key message of the clinical report?

Dr. Chung: There are various forms of martial arts, some require contact with other individuals, and some do not. It is imperative to understand the child’s capabilities both physically and psychologically. This level of maturity helps to determine if they are ready to progress to training and competition that includes contact. For some, sticking with non-contact forms of martial arts may be appropriate.

Dr. Miller: In addition to Dr. Chung’s comments, focusing on defensive and blocking techniques may reduce the risk of injury. Along with rule changes that eliminate blows to the head and points awarded for blows or kicks to the head, these can also help reduce the risk of concussions.

If you have questions we didn’t answer, email us at You can request an appointment with Dr. Miller or Dr. Chung online.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Omar, age 11 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Omar!

OmarOmar, age 11, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for about one year. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and as part of his treatment underwent a left leg above-the-knee amputation. Omar is now in remission and has been encouraging everyone he comes in contact with as he fearlessly learns to walk on his new prosthetic.

Omar is strong, outgoing and loving. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, riding his bike and playing monopoly. Before his amputation, Omar played football and basketball, and he hopes to start playing again soon. Omar is excited to cheer on all of the Dallas Marathon runners in December!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Omar and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Watch a behind-the-scenes Facebook Live of his prosthetic fitting and one of his physical therapy appointments.