Because of my orthopaedic care, I can run miles with my cross country team.
When 7-year-old Brendan Eskin arrived via helicopter to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, doctors weren’t sure he would make it through the night.
Hours earlier, Brendan was involved in an accident in his elementary school carpool line. His mom, Karen, found him face down in the road when she raced to school. He wasn’t moving, and paramedics wouldn’t let her near him.
Brendan arrived at Le Bonheur with a fractured skull, badly broken left femur, shattered clavicle and swelling in his brain. Orthopaedic Surgeon James Beaty, MD, inserted intramedullary rods in his femur within the first week of hospitalization.
For the next eight years, Brendan saw Beaty regularly, as the surgeon monitored the healing of his clavicle and femur fractures. When Brendan’s left leg began growing faster than his right, Beaty performed epiphysiodesis of the left distal femur. Beaty continues to follow the growth of Brendan’s femur bones.
Brendan has few other lasting effects of the accident. Nerve damage to one of his eyes won’t allow it to track out past midline, and he gets an occasional migraine.
Today, Brendan is a 15-year-old high school freshman who has started running cross country. He’s also started coaching a 12-year-old basketball team. “He’s a very active teenager, loves to be outside, playing sports and hanging out with his friends,” said mom, Karen.