Yesterday we took our youngest to Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia for a follow up appointment with her hand surgeon. For those of you who don't know her history, Natalie was born with a deformity of her left arm: ulnar deficiency with an absent thumb, as well as a fused elbow. In October, 2010, Dr Kozin (one of the country's top pediatric hand surgeon) moved her index finger to become her new thumb. He actually had the surgery filmed, to be part of teaching presentations (I have no interest in seeing this video!) and has used some of the photos I have taken of her in powerpoint presentations at conferences. He has also had the hospital photographer film her at various follow up appointments to demonstrate how well her new thumb is working.
This one I shot just two days after her cast was removed and she really looked at her hand for the first time and touched her fingers.
The entire team loved this photo-- Dr Z even had it saved on his phone
These photos are now going to be part of a display at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX for a year, documenting the history of thumb pollicization and the amazing outcome this procedure can have for kids like Natalie.