A Nurse's Love
Two-year-old Maggie has just received her fourth Mehta cast to treat idiopathic scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. Mehta casting is a succession of casts that have been shown to be the best treatment for children with scoliosis, typically applying a new cast every six to eight weeks. Full correction can be achieved without invasive surgery.
“Patients tolerate casts extremely well and is a much better option than bracing,” says Henry J. Iwinski,Jr., M.D., chief of staff and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Shriners in Lexington. “This treatment method has been revolutionary in the care of these children.”
After Maggie came out of anesthesia with a pink Mehta cast wrapped around her stomach, she became anxious. Post-anesthesia care unit nurse, Katy, picked Maggie up to comfort her as she rested after a tough procedure.
“As a parent, there are no words to describe how you feel when you see a picture of a nurse holding and loving your child, during one of their most vulnerable times, as if she were their own,” says Megan, Maggie’s mother. “We are thankful for the peace of mind knowing our daughter is being cared for by staff that not only focuses on providing the best medical treatment, but also focuses on making sure she feels safe, comfortable and loved.”
Photo: Priscilla Baierlein
Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center-Lexington; Kentucky
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