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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Taj, age 15 of Forth Worth

RIC_7351Taj, age 15 of Fort Worth, Texas, moved from New Orleans to Texas after hurricane Katrina. Once in Texas, Taj came to Scottish Rite Hospital for treatment on his foot. He was born with fibular hemimelia and this condition resulted in a Symes amputation, which kept his heel intact but removed the rest of his foot. But this amputation has done nothing to slow Taj down. Taj excels at basketball and football and he loves hanging out with friends. Just like any other teen, Taj is excited to have his drivers license. He is saving up money to buy a car of his own. Taj has never been to Colorado, and is very excited to see the mountains and start his ski adventure.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Lauren, age 15 of Colleyville, Texas

Lauren McCoy, Selam Rinkevich, Erika and Sarah MinichLauren, age 15 of Colleyville, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since she was 6 months old. Lauren had a staph infection that affected the growth plates in her right leg, which led to the need for amputation. TSRHC has been a second home to Lauren and her family her whole life. This is Lauren’s second time going on the Amputee Ski Trip and she is very excited to see the snow and to go skiing again. Her prosthetics have given Lauren the mobility and ability to be free to do the fun activities she loves, such as cooking, shopping, water sports and archery.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Patients Gear Up for 34th Annual Ski Trip 

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Amputee patients filled the Prosthetics and Orthotics department of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) Saturday morning in eager anticipation of the 34th annual TSRHC ski trip. 14 excited teenage amputees picked out brand new, top of the line St. Bernard Sports jackets for the upcoming trip to Winter Park Colorado. St. Bernard Sports generously donated the ski jackets to our amputees to keep as a warm memento of their ski adventure. American Airlines will fly the teens, along with medical staff and chaperones to The National Sports Center for the Disabled on Monday February 9th. American Airlines has been a proud sponsor of the TSRHC ski trip for the last 10 years.

Good Morning Texas Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Mabeth, age 16 of Dallas

Mabeth (left) at the 2014 TSRHC Ski Trip

Mabeth (left) snowboarded with Gage at the 2014 TSRHC Ski Trip

Mabeth, age 16 of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since an accident in 2010 severely damaged his right leg, and a below the knee amputation was performed. Mabeth was determined to not let his injury slow him down. In just two short weeks, he was up and walking on his new prosthetic leg, custom made for him at TSRHC. Mabeth loves to be outside and active. He plays basketball, soccer and golf. In 2011 he served as the Junior Race Director for the Dallas Marathon. This will be his second amputee ski trip with Scottish Rite Hospital and he can’t wait to hit the slopes.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

**Mabeth will be featured on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas on Monday, February 2 with TSRHC Chief of Staff Emertius Dr. Tony Herring!!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Ryan, age 15 of Rockwall, Texas

IMG_9360Ryan, age 15 of Rockwall, Texas, has been at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) his entire life. Ryan was born with bone missing in his right leg and as a result, his leg did not fully form. With a positive and playful attitude, Ryan tells anyone who asks that a shark bit off his leg. Ryan is a normal teenager who likes hanging out with his girlfriend and playing on his phone. This is Ryan’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip. He is excited to learn how to ski and snowboard.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Marilou, age 16 of Laredo

Marilou, age 16 of Laredo, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite photoHospital for Children (TSRHC) for almost as long as she can remember. She was born with limb differences in her legs, which led to her need for prosthetics. When Marilou is not playing music in the band at her high school, she loves to write and do makeup. She plans to go to school in California and eventually get her masters degree in literature, which will hopefully lead her to a career as a successful author. Going on the ski trip with TSRHC has been a dream of Marilou’s since she started coming to the hospital. She is excited to finally get to go to Colorado and experience skiing for the first time.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Josiah, age 16 of Dallas

IMG_3020Josiah, age 16 of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was two years old. Leg length discrepancy first brought Josiah to Scottish Rite Hospital, but in 2012 he had an amputation and has since moved exclusively to the TSRHC prosthetics department. Josiah is a lover of the outdoors. He collects knives and he likes to hunt and to be out in nature. This is Josiah’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip. He is extremely excited to take in the whole experience and to be in the clean, crisp mountain air.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation, help make this trip possible!

TSRHC to Host 16th Annual Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Seminar for Physicians and Health Care Professionals

Marsha CarpenterOn Friday, February 27, 2015, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will host Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care.

This annual course is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and health care professionals providing direct care to children. The purpose of the seminar is to equip primary care providers to expertly assess, identify and manage developmental and behavioral problems which present between birth and age 18. Lectures, slide presentations and question/answer sessions will be presented by guest lecturers and the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

For additional information, please visit our website or contact Janice Reaves at (214) 559-8596 or janice.reaves@tsrh.org for more information.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jazmyn, age 16 of Irving, Texas

Jazmyn PolkJazmyn, age 16 of Irving, Texas, has been treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2013. Due to the development of Osteosarcoma in her bones, she now wears a full leg prosthesis. This will be Jazmyn’s first year going on the TSRHC ski trip and she is very excited to have this opportunity to attend. Jazmyn loves hanging out with her friends and going to the mall and watching movies in her spare time. Her future plans are to pursue something in the medical field, specifically in oncology.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:

Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation, help make this trip possible!

TSRHC Leads the Way with Magnetic Spinal Rod System

TSRHC physicians recently performed the hospital’s first noninvasive adjustment of an implanted spinal rod system using groundbreaking magnetic technology. This system is designed to minimize the progression of specific cases of early-onset scoliosis. This revolutionary device is called MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System®, distributed by Ellipse Technologies, Inc.

Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., TSRHC chief of staff, with TSRHC patient Viviana, age 7, of Austin, after her adjustment.

Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., TSRHC chief of staff, with TSRHC patient Viviana, age 7, of Austin, after her adjustment.

The FDA cleared the system for commercial use earlier this year. It
 is composed of an implantable rod and an External Remote Controller (ERC). After the MAGEC rod has been implanted, a physician simply places a “MAGEC wand,” or locator, over the patient’s spine. The wand locates the magnet on the implanted rod and allows the physician to make a noninvasive adjustment. An X-ray or ultrasound of the spine is then used to confirm the procedure’s success.

Thus, adjustments that once required a patient to undergo anesthesia, surgery and recovery are now performed in the clinic in a matter of minutes.

The frequency of such sessions 
is customized to meet the needs of each patient until the desired result is achieved. TSRHC is excited to be at the forefront of institutions in the U.S. providing patients with this revolutionary, nonsurgical adjustment technology.

 

**This article was featured in the 2014 Rite Up Volume 3 Magazine. Read more from the magazine online