Leona Moir's Story

By Leona Course

Tell us your story.

I began going to Children's Hospital when I was 6 weeks old. Born without hands and one foot; my mom wanted to have the best start in life.

The first doctor I had was Dr. Ernest Burgess and he saw potential to create a better life for me by working alongside my mom to make it happen. At the age of eight and a half months a prosthetic leg was made for me. I was already trying to walk. I continued to go to the Orthopedic clinic for many years. I think the last time I was there I was twenty-one years old. I guess I grew out of the age limit that they treat.

I spent many years in and out of Children's having surgeries to help me use my hands and leg better. Physical and occupational therapy was also a part of my treatment. I can remember the clothing I wore; I think they were handmade.

My mom and I would go to clinic appointments by bus or some kind of van would pick us up. We would leave home early in the morning and come home just before dark.

What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?

Children's Hospital was like an extended family to my mom and I. Not only did they help me, but were added support for my mom. I am so thankful for all of the great nurses and doctors and volunteers that helped a somewhat stressfull situation get a lot easier. I guess that is why I never give up and there isn't anything in life that I won't at least try.