Leona Moir's Story
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
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
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.