Limb Lengthening Surgery Helps Kids With Dwarfism Reach New Heights

Limb Lengthening Surgery Helps Kids With Dwarfism Reach New Heights

Source: KING 5 News

Putting on a pair of shoes is something many of us take for granted every day. But for 7-year-old Anna Booth, those simple tasks are now big achievements. Anna has Dwarfism, a genetic mutation that happens in utero which it prohibits her limbs from growing. Normally, the forearm and upper arm should be about the same length. Anna's forearm was four inches long, almost half the size of her forearm in terms of upper arm length, according to Dr. Maryse Bouchard, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Seattle Children's. When Bouchard and Anna's family found out that the 2nd grader had stopped going to the bathroom at school out of embarrassment, they decided to take a chance on lengthening her limbs. The procedure has been done since the 1950s, but it's risky. Luckily for Anna, there were no complications, and Bouchard says her physical differences will not hold her back. Anna's mom was inspired by her daughter's courage through the entire process and is grateful to Seattle Children's for putting the world within her daughter's reach.

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