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Minor Surgery Left 17 Year Old Heartbroken and Disabled..What Happened?? Help!!

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  • Posted By: LisaDew
  • April 26, 2008
  • 07:42 PM

My very healthy, athletic 16 year old was having pain and discomfort in her elbow, and after many, many orthopedic doctors and clinics we were referred to an orthopedic surgeon who wanted to do an orthroscopic, exploritory surgery. Since the surgery she has been through intensive physical therapy with no sign of increase in mobilization. She cannot gain full extention inward or outward of her arm, which has left her with no strength and partially disabled. Not only can she not groom herself or do the normal things you do with your arm, her senior and promising college athletic carrer was destroyed, which is a sad story in itself. We have been to several local doctors since, trying to find out what happened and none want to help. (I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that they all know the doctor that performed the surgery). I need some help. She cannot even get the same consideration for a job as someone else do to her restrictions, and of course none of them want to admit that she is suffering from a disability that she did not have prior to this surgery. Can a 17 year old get an honest answer about what her future will hold as a result of this tragic misfortune? Please help...referrences for a doctor that might be of assistance, doctors that might have any suggestions of their own, attorney's etc. Thanks, Thoroughly Frustrated

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