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Tuesday, May 20


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Day five – Warm welcome in Cornerbrooke & Maya

After a few more hours on the road discovering the breathtaking landscapes of Newfoundland, the Exceptional Care Odyssey arrived in Cornerbrooke where it was time to meet with members of the local media and Shrine Club. During the evening, Mélanie, mom of Exceptional Care Campaign poster child Maya participated in a question and answer with Potentate of the Mazol Shriners Wayne Mayo.

Maya’s story: Mélanie shared that Maya’s leg length discrepancy had been diagnosed in utero and that this is when she had been referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada. Maya has fibular hememalia, meaning in her case that she is missing all of the fibula bone in one leg. Mélanie had a hard choice to make, either amputate or take a chance on a road yet untraveled along with the orthopedic surgeons of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada led by Reggie Hamdy, M.D. Mélanie chose to take a chance and to let Maya make the choice later on in life. So far, Maya has had one leg lengthening procedure and she is expected to have another three or four before she reaches adulthood. Maya can walk, run, play, skip rope on her leg which is braced and currently is in no pain.

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