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Orthopedic patient stories

Avery Richardson spina bifida

Monthly spina bifida clinic coordinates care

Avery Richardson turned 3 in December, but the Shelbyville, Kentucky, girl has already been through more than most kids. Avery has undergone six operations, including two in the days immediately after her birth. Avery has spina bifida, a birth defect that causes the structure enclosing the spinal cord to fail to form properly in the […] Read More »

Jerren Harrison

Radiothon: This boy’s mom had to turn a crank each day to force his legs to grow

At just 6 weeks old, Jerren Harrison contracted bacterial meningitis. He was treated and seemed to be doing well — except for what doctors couldn’t see. The infection had crept into the growth plates in his leg bones. When he was 2 years old, his legs stopped growing. Without radical treatment, he would grow to […] Read More »

Cerebral palsy no match for this soccer phenom

It is a hot July day in Bardstown, Kentucky, and Carter Alvey is working up a sweat on the Bethlehem High School soccer field. Of course, Carter, a senior goalie, has always had to work harder than his teammates. Carter was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that primarily affects body movement and muscle […] Read More »

Achieving dreams after injury, illness

Achieving dreams after injury, illness Professional baseball player, student back to doing what they love Helping children achieve their dreams. It’s what Norton Children’s caregivers work to do every day for kids who come to us with illnesses, injuries and congenital issues. Student Jerren Harrison and professional baseball player Adam Duvall are now achieving their […] Read More »

Graduating from 12 years of surgeries

Shearice Harrison cheered just like any other mom as her son, Jerren, walked across the New Albany High School stage to get his diploma. But she wasn’t just celebrating his academic achievements; she reveled in the fact that her son was alive to see this day. “I held my baby, who was just a few […] Read More »

Keeping kids in the game after a sports injury

At 6’9″ and wearing a whopping 16.5 shoe size, Raymond Spalding is a giant on the basketball court. The Trinity High School sophomore is a starter on the junior varsity squad as well as a member of the varsity team. During a practice in early 2012, a bad landing left him with a fracture just below his knee, and worse, through […] Read More »