Mending our Kids, a Children's HealthLink Special

Mending our Kids, a Children's HealthLink Special

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On each of Tyler's hands, two fingers were fused together.

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by KING5.com Staff

KING5.com

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

SEATTLE - Children's Hospital is a place where children's lives are transformed. Bones and muscles once deformed are mended by doctors using breakthrough technology and good old-fashioned care. It's a place where fear gives way to hope.

For several weeks, our cameras were there, inside the orthopedic unit at Children's. We were in the operating rooms where life-altering surgeries took place, and in the exam rooms where kids were empowered.

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Meet 9-year-old Moriah, born with one leg shorter than the other. Why would doctors sever her leg in order to lengthen it?

And Katrina, a kindergartener who will always be very small. Fully grown, Katrina will probably be under 4 feet tall. But as she, and everyone around her, is learning, it's not about how tall she stands, but how she stands tall.

You'll see why "feeling no pain" isn't always a good thing for brothers Jesse and Matthew, and find out how two little pieces of titanium mean the difference between life and death for Abby, who was born with severe scoliosis.

One hundred years ago, Children's Orthopedic Hospital, as it was called, focused on kids' with bone and muscle disabilities. Though the name changed to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in 1987, one core mission has not changed: mending little bones, whether from birth defects, trauma, cancer or sports injuries.

Medical teams take up where Mother Natureleft off, with creative solutions that once seemed impossible. Hope is everywhere here, in the eyes of the children and in the words of their parents.

Come along and meet Marissa and Brianna, James, Tyler, Matthew and Jesse, Moriah and Katrina and Abby - remarkable children with so much to teach us.

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