The McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrated its annual Miracle Weekend capping a year that saw the foundation raise more than $5.7-million.The May 30th CHCH telethon featured live broadcast segments with patients and their families throughout the day. One story was that of Dylan who suffered a bacterial infection that nearly claimed his life. He lost his left leg below the knee, most of his right foot and the tips of his fingers on his right hand. Dylan spent three months in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and one month in the step-down unit before he could go home.
In the following fall, Dylan was referred to the Prosthetics and Orthotics Service at Chedoke Hospital where he was fitted with prosthetic legs. Prosthetist Dan Cribbs and physiotherapist Nicole Gustopolous helped Dylan get used to his new legs and taught him how to walk with a walker. Progress was slow at first, but within a few months, Dylan was “whizzing around” with little difficulty.
Dylan recently reached a major milestone when he stood for the first time without his walker. Always willing to go the extra mile for his patients, Dan took photos and a video so that proud parents, Denise and Allen, would have a souvenir of the big event.
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