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Get to Know Our SRH Staff: Dwight Putnam in Prosthetics

Dwight Putnam is a prosthetist who has been working at Scottish Rite Hospital for 10 years. Get to know him and why he loves working at our hospital.

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?

My first job was making sandwiches at Schlotzsky’s… I took a very circular path…Started pre-med and ended up an artist, which eventually took me back into allied health.

What made you want to work here?

I could see the immediate impact of my work on the lives of my patients and their families

What skills do you need for your job?

An open mind, an open ear and a few hand skills…

What is your favorite prosthetic device that you’ve created for a patient?

_DSC5261One of the first specialty devices I made was a silicone finger for playing clarinet (pictured right). It was a pivotal experience in my career because at that point it became clear to me, how the patients at TSRHC could benefit from my skills and knowledge.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

Our TEAM approach to treating patient families

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Grizzly Adams

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I proposed to my wife at the top of the Machu Pichu ruins in Peru. We hadn’t talked about marriage up until that point, but I figured as far as the scenery and the company, it couldn’t get any better.

What’s the last book you read?

Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas by James Haley- still reading this one, it is pretty thick…

What is something people don’t know about you?

I am the youngest of 4 children, I have 13 nieces and nephews that I am very proud of.

 

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.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

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 scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

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.

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.

December: Max’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.

July: Zackery’s Moment to Shine

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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.

 

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.

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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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas

IMG_5682Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. Due to the development of osteosarcoma in his bones, he now wears a full leg prosthesis. Jeremiah likes to play basketball and video games with friends outside of school and wants to be an aircraft engineer when he grows up. He is most excited for his first plane ride ever, and he’s also looking forward to learning how to ski!

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!