2018

Custom Prosthetics for Kids Are Changing Lives at Seattle Children's

Custom Prosthetics for Kids Are Changing Lives at Seattle Children's

Like many young dancers, Taylor Haines dreams of taking center stage. But she isn't like other dancers. Taylor's right foot is a prosthetic. “Taylor was born with a deformity of her limb called fibular hemimelia. There are two bones in your shin, there's a smaller one, and a larger one. The smaller one didn't grow completely, and her foot was not fully formed,” explains Peter Yukawa, a clinical prosthetist-orthotist at Seattle Children’s. The team at the Seattle Children’s lab create prosthetic limbs and braces making movement possible for children like Taylor every day. Each prosthetic is unique, from choosing fun designs and patterns to custom mechanical adjustments meeting each patient's need.

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