“A case of osteomyelitis led to the amputation of Lily’s arm and hand”
Lily is a 14 year old girl from Oklahoma who was diagnosed at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis with osteomyelitis. This condition is an infection in the bones in her right arm and hand that traveled through her bloodstream or spread from nearby tissue. Symptoms range from a fever, chills, irritability, and lethargy to pain, swelling, redness, and warmth over the area of the infection. Osteomyelitis was once considered an incurable condition, but can be treated today mostly by surgery and strong antibiotics.
Lily’s infection impeded blood circulation within her bone which required surgical intervention. Once doctors opened up the area around Lily’s infected bone, they found that the infection had affected such a large section of Lily’s bone that they were forced to turn to their last resort: traumatic amputation. To prevent the infection from spreading, Lily’s right arm and hand were surgically removed. Her treatment culminated in a series of three surgeries. It has been six months since Lily’s final surgery, but she still has to return to the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis for regular outpatient appointments and treatment.
Despite the life-altering situation, “Lily never pitied herself and tried to make the best of it,” recalled her nominating Child Life Specialist. Lily remained calm after her diagnosis and maintained a very positive outlook on life. She worries more about others and focuses on their needs instead of her own. Lily strives to put those around her at ease with her gentle and kind disposition. Her warm sense of humor, boundless compassion, introspective personality, and polite nature make her a dream patient.
It is with great enthusiasm that we honor Lily’s brave perseverance by recognizing her as Kids Wish Network’s along with The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis’ Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Lily!