Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, July 2014
When Victoria enters Shriners Hospitals for Children-Erie, the staff knows she’ll be the first one to wave and say hi to everyone she meets. Victoria has been treated at the facility for more than five years for a genetic disorder and scoliosis of her spine. The 16-year-old has a difficult time understanding the treatments for her conditions, but she listens to her nurses and is active in her care.
Victoria recently had surgery on her feet to help her stand, and was put into bilateral short leg casts. The staff explained to Victoria how her casts would be removed, and the teen was warned that it would be extremely noisy. She was offered ear phones to help block the sound, but Victoria was determined to watch what was happening and be involved in her own care.
“Victoria has been through surgical procedures, bracing and has seen many physicians during her 16 years, but she is still smiling and the staff feel that she is a very special gal,” adds her nominator from the facility. “She listens to the staff when they explain things to her and her look of fear turns into a smile when she knows that her nurse, child life specialist and parents will be with her during her care and procedures.”
Congratulations, Victoria, on becoming a Hero of the Month!
State: New York
Facility: Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie