‘The Biggest Thing for Me Was People Staring’ — One Girl’s Quest for a Longer Leg

‘The Biggest Thing for Me Was People Staring’ — One Girl’s Quest for a Longer Leg

Joeli Reim was adopted from China by a Fircrest, Wash. couple. Polio had left her with a leg shorter than the other. She underwent a revolutionary procedure which involved inserting what’s called a Precice Nail during a six-hour operation at Seattle Children’s. “It’s revolutionized the way we lengthen and expanded the diversity of patients,” said Dr. Maryse Bouchard, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Seattle Children’s.

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