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Scottish Rite Hospital: The Leader in Treating Hand Disorders

From a child’s hands, imagination becomes creation. Through their hands, children explore the world around them. For thousands of children with hand and upper limb disorders, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has been a source of hope and healing. Learn how the Charles E. Seay Jr. Hand Center positions Scottish Rite Hospital as a leader in treating pediatric hand disorders.

Focus on Clinical Patient Treatment and Research

The Hand Center delivers a setting for both clinical patient treatment and clinical research focused on the treatment and care for pediatric patients with hand and upper limb disorders, says Dr. Scott Oishi, the Center’s director.

“Our clinical practice [treats] a variety of children who are either born with congenital hand differences or upper extremity differences, or patients who have had trauma or something happen to them after they’re born,” he says. “There are a lot of patients who come through here and get no surgery at all because all they really need is a lot of encouragement and ability to grow and expand their horizons.”

From treating children with congenital hand abnormalities, such as webbed fingers, reconstructing children’s hands with extra digits, or changing the position of fingers on hands, the Hand Center strives to give children back their childhoods.

Care for Patients Across the Age Continuum

Dr. Oishi and Staff Hand Surgeon Dr. Christopher M. Stutz have the privilege of seeing many of their pediatric patients from the time they’re a few days old until the time they become 18 years old. “We’re able to keep a database of our patients as far as what type of diagnosis they have, what type of surgeries they underwent, and what their outcomes were, based on very good outcome measures,” Dr. Oishi says.

“I think one of the benefits of being a patient here [at Scottish Rite Hospital] is that in our clinic, if we feel you need to have therapy, we have a therapist who is literally steps away from us,” Dr. Oishi adds.

Building Confidence Through Hand Camp

Scottish Rite Hospital patient Mason was born unable to move his left hand. Mason’s father, Randy, says initially no one was able to name the source of the problem. “In the first seven days of his life, we ended up visiting six doctors, a lot of specialists, and we got referred to [Scottish Rite Hospital],” he says. “As soon as we walked in, they were able to identify the issue.”

Dr. Oishi notes that Mason underwent a free functional gracilis muscle transfer, transferring muscle from his leg to his arm.

“He has roughly 40 to 45 percent usage of his left hand already at the age of 7. We could tell that he’s growing and getting more use all the time,” Randy says. “[Scottish Rite Hospital], with the usage of Hand Camp, has given him the confidence to be able to talk about his arm. He’s not embarrassed by his arm; he doesn’t hide his arm from his friends.”

Amy Lake, therapist and co-director of the Scottish Rite Hospital Hand Camp, says the program started in 1995 to bring families together. “A child with a hand difference can go to school, be involved in activities, and never come in contact with another kid with a hand difference,” she says.

Andrea Brown, Hand Camp co-director, says the Hand Camp instills invaluable confidence in the children who attend. Moreover, parents also benefit from interacting with one another, as they receive valuable information to help their children as well.

Trained Fellows Who Deliver Hand Treatment Excellence

Dr. Oishi emphasizes that one of the most important aspects of the Hand Center is the training this team devotes to their clinicians. “We train fellows and trainees that then go out and practice pediatric hand surgery,” he says. “Our Center’s message is really one that Peter Carter, one of our retired hand surgeons here, taught us all — the to-for rule.”

“Either do something to them or you can do something for them,” explains Scottish Rite Hospital Staff Hand Surgeon Dr. Marybeth Ezaki. “We practice that rule every single day.”

Support Those Who Support TSRHC Patients

As a world leader in treating pediatric orthopedic conditions, Scottish Rite Hospital provides the highest level of care for children from birth to age 18, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. To learn more about Scottish Rite Hospital, its mission, and ways you can support continuing research for treatment of pediatric hand disorders, call 214-559-5000 or visit scottishritehospital.org.

July: Zackery’s Moment to Shine


Meet Zackery, age 16, of Gun Barrel City.

My Defining Moment:

I was born without a thigh bone in my right leg and my mom brought me to TSRHC. I was treated there and fit with a prosthesis.

My Moment to Remember:

I sang the national anthem at AT&T Stadium at a hospital benefit. It was my first time there and I couldn’t stop smiling.

My Moment to Shine:

Without help from Scottish Rite Hospital, I wouldn’t’ be in my high school marching band – it has been a blast!

Give a Patient like Zackery a Moment to Shine – A contribution of $500 covers the cost of one pediatric-size prosthetic foot for a child with limb loss or deficiency. To donate or learn about TSRHC’s Prosthetics and Orthotics department, please visit scottishritehospital.org.


June: Juliet’s Moment to Shine


Meet Juliet, age 7, of Corinth.

My Defining Moment:

Juliet’s mom, Holly: Juliet was referred to TSRHC with amniotic band syndrome but we learned she also had severe hip dysplasia.

My Moment to Remember:

She loves Scottish Rite – we had to have the same toys at home as in TSRHC’s playroom because she didn’t want to leave.

My Moment to Shine:

Juliet has a wicked fastball! She wants to get a softball scholarship and become an orthopedic surgeon like her own, Dr. Sucato.

Give a Patient like Juliet a Moment to Shine – Juliet represented TSRHC as a Dallas Marathon patient champion. To learn more about the event, which benefits TSRHC, visit dallasmarathon.com. If you would like to make the hospital the beneficiary of an event, call TSRHC’s Development department at 214-559-7650.

Making a Difference with a Difference

Sports are a favorite pastime for active TSRHC patient Micah, age 11, of Shady Shores. He throws football passes, makes baskets and blocks soccer goals, but the most important stats he has posted are as the founder of a holiday toy drive for the patients of Scottish Rite Hospital.

Micah Pinson age 11 of Shady Shores_01Five years and more than 15,000 toys later, Micah is still going strong. “It’s an amazing feeling to give back,” he says.

His father, Richard, recalls brining 8-week-old Micah to TSRHC for the first time to be treated for a congenital hand difference.

“The hospital was like a knot at the end of a rope,” Richard says. “We focused on our child and they took care of everything else.”

Micah has many new friends who have supported his toy drive including local Masons, the Farmers Branch Police Department, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Glazer’s Inc. and Transwestern.

Upon visiting with Micah, it’s clear that the best gift he gives to others is his attitude.

“I used to be picked on a little,” he explains. “But one morning I woke up and realized that I am happy with my hand difference. It feels awesome to be different and to help other kids.”

Hear Micah’s advice to children with orthopedic conditions and learn what he wants to be when he grows up:

May: Stephen’s Moment to Shine


Meet Analia, age 6, of Carrollton, and Volunteer Executive Committee President Stephen Apple. In his words below:

My Defining Moment:

As a Scottish Rite Mason, I knew about TSRHC. I took a tour – that did it/ I wanted to be a volunteer.

My Moment to Remember:

I saw a little girl with prosthetic legs running around in the hospital’s atrium and it reminded me…we help kids be kids.

My Moment to Shine:

At TSRHC, I’m never bored. I’m engaged. I truly feel my contributions can make a difference.

Volunteer and Give a Patient like Analia a Moment to Shine – Share a shining moment with TSRHC patients, families and supporters as a hospital volunteer. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.

April: Layla’s Moment to Shine


Meet Layla, age 16, of Dallas.

My Defining Moment:

I came because I had an extra bone in my ankle that was causing scar tissue buildup, swelling and inflammation.

My Moment to Remember:

I was invited to speak at the hospital’s KidSwing Golf Tournament, which was cool because I’ve never done that kind of thing.

My Moment to Shine:

I’ve performed in the Nutcracker with the Texas Ballet Theater for three years in a row. It’s a lot of fun!

Give a Patient like Layla a Moment to Shine: A gift of $300 will cover the cost of advanced imaging for an ankle problem or injury to plan for a minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.


Helping Children Like Colby

When you witness the poise and fluid movements of Colby on stage, you know you’re witnessing a young dance professional and ballerina in action. In fact, Colby couldn’t picture life without dancing, and nothing, not even scoliosis, was going to keep her from pursuing the art of dance. Discover how Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) was Colby’s life force in helping her stand tall on stage.

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition caused by an irregular twisting or curvature of the spine into a C- or S-shape. Scoliosis affects between 2 to 3 percent of school-age children, most often appearing in adolescent girls ages 10 to 15. Different forms of scoliosis exist, including the most common type, idiopathic scoliosis (it’s currently unknown what causes idiopathic scoliosis).

Dr. Amy McIntosh, a staff orthopedist at TSRHC, recalls that Colby’s spine curvature was greater than 50 degrees when the two first met. After assessing Colby’s curvature based on predictive factors of whether her curvature was going to get better or worse, Dr. McIntosh predicted that her curve was only going to worsen with age.

“She had the type of curve that I could do a selective thoracic fusion on,” Dr. McIntosh explains. “I could fuse only the vertebrae attached to her rib cage and leave the vertebrae that are in her lumbar spine untouched.” This type of surgery would allow Colby to support her flexibility, a critical asset for a dancer.

Three months after scoliosis surgery, Colby is standing tall once more. Her shoulders are even; the prominent curve that once characterized her back is gone, and her waist is more evenly symmetrical.

TSRHC Gets Colby Dancing Again

“It’s just been amazing,” Colby remarks about the TSRHC experience. “Five days I was at the hospital, and everyone was so nice.”

Today, Colby is back to pirouettes and pliés, just as graceful as when she first laced up her ballet slippers as a child.

Watch Colby’s Story

March: Isaac’s Moment to Shine


Meet Isaac, age 11, of Amarillo.

My Defining Moment:

The fingers on my left hand are stuck together except for my thumb. My doctor referred me to TSRHC to get help.

My Moment to Remember:

TSRHC is really nice. Everyone is friendly. The first time there, I saw lots of kids and I knew I wasn’t alone.

My Moment to Shine:

Camp has taught me how to do things I couldn’t do before and I try new things. I feel like we are family away from family.

Give a Patient like Isaac a Moment to Shine: A donation of $500 will contribute toward research that benefits children with hand and upper limb differences. To donate or learn about TSRHC’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center and specialized camps, please visit scottishritehospital.org.

TSRHC Patient Delaney Named 94.9 KLTY Student Athlete of the Month

We are excited to announce that Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient Delaney is 94.9 KLTY’s Student Athlete of the Month.


Delaney pictured with her parents.

About Delaney

Age / Grade: 18 / Senior

School: Dallas Christian School

Sport: Soccer

Why She Was Nominated: Delaney is a great example of faith and perseverance. She has been a leg amputee since she was just 10 days old. She pursues every goal with passion and determination.

She has been playing soccer since she was four, and she has cheered since the sixth grade. Last year, she had an additional surgery on her leg and spent two months without her prosthesis. During this time, she performed and danced in her school musical, Annie.

Delaney has spent her summers volunteering at TSRHC, and she plans to study early childhood development at Texas Tech University, with the goal of becoming a Child Life Specialist to help children in the same way she received help.

Congratulations Delaney!

**TSRHC is a sponsor of the KLTY Student Athlete of the Month Program. Listen to the on-air call with Delaney, where they let her know about the honor and shared her story with KLTY listeners.


Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Natalie, age 14 of Fort Worth

NatalieNatalie, age 14 of Fort Worth, has been a part of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) family for most of her life. Born without a fibula bone, she came to TSRHC when she was only 11 months old to have her left foot amputated. But Natalie didn’t let that slow her down. She’s participated in Scottish Rite Hospital’s Learn to Golf programs and by eight years old, this generous girl was organizing lemonade stands and donating the proceeds back to the hospital.

In her free time, Natalie likes sketching and painting, and dreams of becoming an artist one day. She also enjoys playing video games and practicing the piano. Although she’s been skiing before, this is Natalie’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip and she’s excited to hit the slopes with fellow patients.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th 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 are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!