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Winter: the Dolphin with the Prosthetic Tail

wintertail copyA few of our staff members attended the Association of Children’s Orthotic-Prosthetic Clinics (ACPOC) annual conference in Clearwater Beach, FL earlier this month. ACPOC is an association of interdisciplinary professionals who are involved in providing prosthetic-orthotic care for children with limb loss or orthopedic disabilities.  We participated in the conference by presenting two clinical papers, which were very well received and encouraged valuable discussion. The hospital was even specially recognized by ACPOC for our attendance to the conference as a team!

Despite the long hours at the conference, Amanda Brown from Prosthetics and Orthotics and Jesse Kowalski from Physical Therapy managed to squeeze in some time to spend an afternoon at the Clearwater Beach Aquarium. This special aquarium is home to Winter, the famous dolphin. Winter is the only known dolphin in the world missing her tail, and was featured on the big screen in Dolphin Tales.

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Like many of our patients, Winter has scoliosis and kyphosis, which has caused her to wear a prosthetic tail. She wears her prosthetic device during physical therapy sessions to help decrease the progression of the curvature of her spine, and has to do other types of stretching and exercise too. Her prosthesis helps keep her healthy and happy so she can do what dolphins do best… play!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas

Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas, is excited to be attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the second time. Selam was born in Ethiopia and suffered burns as a baby, resulting in the need to have her leg amputated. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has given her the ability to be a kid and participate in normal activities girls her age like to do, such as running. She absolutely loves to read, as well as make new friends, which she looks forward to doing on the trip.

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: Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas

‘I’m trying something different this year. I’m going to ski with one leg.’ – Selam

‘I’m trying something different this year. I’m going to ski with one leg.’ – Selam

Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas, is excited to be attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the second time. Selam was born in Ethiopia and suffered burns as a baby, resulting in the need to have her leg amputated. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has given her the ability to be a kid and participate in normal activities girls her age like to do, such as running. She absolutely loves to read, as well as make new friends, which she looks forward to doing on the trip.

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: Sarah, age 15 of Wylie

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Sarah (pictured left) with her sister Erika on the 2014 Amputee Ski Trip

Sarah, age 15 of Wylie, Texas has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2004. She has been a patient for two surgeries separating her webbed fingers, as well one on her amputated leg. Sarah loves meeting people at the hospital and making new friends.  In addition, she loves ballet, playing soccer, reading, gymnastics and water sports.  Sarah cannot wait to return to Colorado again this year so she can perfect her snowboarding skills she learned on last year’s trip.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:

Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) 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, TSRHC 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: Zach, age 16 of Gun Barrel City, Texas

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star Telegram at the 2015 Amputee Ski Trip Send-Off Party

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star Telegram at the 2015 Amputee Ski Trip Send-Off Party

Zach, age 16 of Gun Barrel City, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was one. Zach needed help with his right leg and TSRHC was able to build him a prosthetic. Zach took his first steps with a prosthetic leg and he has been unstoppable ever since. Zach plays football and is in the marching band and the choir. When he grows up, Zach wants to pursue a career in physical therapy. This is his first year on the Scottish Rite Hospital Amputee Ski Trip.

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: Erika, age 16 of Wylie, Texas

Erika (right) pictured on the 2014 Ski Trip with her sister Sarah

Erika (right) pictured on the 2014 Ski Trip with her sister Sarah

Erika, age 16 of Wylie, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. She had severe clubfeet as a child, which required amputation. Although nervous at age 8, Erika was ready to do the amputation because her sister is an amputee and she gave her the courage to go through with it. Some of Erika’s favorite activities include guitar, knitting, sewing, crocheting, blogging, cooking and volunteering as a Junior Volunteer at TSRHC. She is looking forward to her second year on the Amputee Ski Trip, where she will spend the week with all of her friends from the hospital.

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: Yuri, age 18 of Spring, Texas

IMG_1771Jonathan, who goes by “Yuri”, age 18 of Spring, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. Yuri was born with a congenital limb difference in his arms and legs. TSRHC outfitted him with a prosthetic leg to help with this condition. Yuri is very active at TSRHC. Every summer, he attends TSRHC’s Camp Out On a Limb and says it’s the highlight of his summer vacation. Outside of Scottish Rite Hospital, Yuri plays the trumpet in his school’s band, is a member of his neighborhood swim team, he is also a Boy Scout and an active member of his church youth group. This is Yuri’s second TSRHC ski trip.

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: Chelsey, age 17 of Pecan Gap, Texas

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Chelsey, age 17 of Pecan Gap, Texas, has been treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since birth. When she was only 6 hours old, she received a below the knee amputation, so she has worn a prosthesis her whole life. This year will be Chelsey’s first time on the TSRHC ski trip and she is very excited to bond with other kids with similar disabilities as her. She will be celebrating her 18th birthday in Colorado as well! When she grows up, Chelsey hopes to be a cosmetologist because she enjoys doing her friend’s makeup and hair.

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: 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!

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.