Zachary Nelson has been a patient at LAOH for three years. Born with a rare condition called diastrophic dysplasia, a disorder of the bone and cartilage that affects the musculoskeletal system, Zachary has spent more time in the hospital and in doctors’ offices than many of us will in a lifetime. Only nine years old, he has had multiple major surgeries to improve his leg alignment.
Surgery done a year ago at LAOH successfully straightened his legs by using a special growth-guidance system. With straighter legs, Zachary is walking and playing more with the use of his crutches, and only needs his wheelchair for longer distances.
Zachary still has a long road ahead of him but his doctors are optimistic. He will need surgery to stabilize the curvature of his spine and hip surgery to improve his mobility.
Despite his challenges, Zachary is a cheerful and typical boy with many interests. In watching his video, you, too will benefit from Zachary’s infectious smile and incredibly positive attitude. You will hear his mother, Donna, describe Zach’s journey; she devotes each and every day to making Zachary’s life a little happier than the day before and encourages him to reach for the stars and to pursue his dreams.
Read the special story about Zachary and his loving family here.
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