Because of my orthopaedic care, my daughter can dream of going to the Olympics to represent the United States in swimming!
I am writing this on behalf of my 9 year old daughter, Gabriela Pierobon Mays. She broke her arm (humerous and radius) back-flipping off a school swing in early September 2011. Dr. Noonan of the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin did the surgery and Gabriela was casted/splinted until Halloween 2011. Every day I thank our Lord for two things – (1) the fact that she is not paralyzed and instinctively knew enough to break her fall with her right arm and (2) Dr. Noonan’s superior competence to fix her severely damaged/disfigured right arm.
During the ordeal, we expressed some concern for Gabriela’s ability to get back to competitive swimming as she had been very successful in this sport. Dr. Noonan was always optimistic (despite the 33% chance of compartment syndrome) that she would return to competing.
I want to share the below video of her swimming two weekends ago the 50 Yard Butterfly (about 6 months post-surgery) in 31.21 seconds! Not only has Gabriela returned to baseline but she is the Number One – 9 year old swimmer – in several strokes in Wisconsin and top ten ranked in the nation! She will compete in the Wisconsin State Swimming Championship in late February (has already made all of the State Cuts) and is hopeful, with her current seed times, to hit the podium in several events as a 9 year old competing against 10 year old girls!
Words cannot express our gratitude. Dr. Noonan and his orthopaedic team have impacted Gabriela in several ways. She now has aspirations for a college scholarship in swimming and wants to become an orthopaedic surgeon.
What would you do if a shattered arm crushed your swimming dreams?
Gabriela hit the wall. First.
Needless to say, we will have many more videos of her over the next several weeks as she competes in the State competition.