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Sedgwick Girl Represents Shriners Hospital After Getting Surgery

Posted 8/3/2017

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – At last week’s Shrine Bowl, there was one teenager from Sedgwick there who did not participate as an athlete, but rather a Patient Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals.

Bradlynn Morton, 13, has been a patient with Shriners Children’s Hospital for several years.

At the age of two, Bradlynn was diagnosed with femoral anteversion, anBRADLYNN Morris is an eighth grader at Sedgwick Junior High. She was a Patient Ambassador at the Shrine Bowl last week in El Dorado.BRADLYNN Morris is an eighth grader at Sedgwick Junior High. She was a Patient Ambassador at the Shrine Bowl last week in El Dorado. inward twisting of the thigh bone. The femur is the large bone in the thigh. In most cases, the anteversion corrects itself, in Bradlynn’s case, it got worse.

Her parents, Mandy and Roger Morton, took her to Shriners after a bad experience at another children’s hospital. Her first visit to Shriners was at the age of 8. “They said they could fix it, but had to wait until she was 11, closer to being done growing,” Mandy said.

When Bradlynn turned 11 in the sixth grade, she underwent surgery to repair her legs.

The painful surgery, according to Mandy, consisted of putting rods in both femurs,  breaking the femurs, realigning them, and pinning them. “They also fixed her right tibia, which had twisted to compensate for the femur, by cutting through at her ankle, realigning it, and holding  it with plates and screws on the growth plates on the insides of her knees. This allowed the outsides to continue growing while the insides stopped,” Mandy said.

Her recovery took six months. In that time she started out in a wheelchair, then a walker, and then crutches. “Her school, teachers, and friends have been incredibly supportive,” Mandy added.

Bradlynn was approached to be a Patient Ambassador at a visit to Shriners last winter.

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