Josiah and Taylor- Hero of the Month

Josiah Espinoza and Taylor Rogers

December 2014

Shriners Hospitals for Children- Greenville nominated three Heroes in December 2014; here are two of their stories.

Josiah (left in photo) was born without his right thumb and underwent surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville to reconstruct his hand by taking his pointer finger and turning it into a thumb. After his surgery, 4-year-old Josiah needed occupational therapy to learn to use his new thumb. Described by his nominating therapist as cheerful and cooperative, Josiah was finally able to pick something up after a lot of hard work.

His motto was “I did it!”, and after washing his hands, he’d exclaim “Now, I’m a doctor!”

Taylor (on right) broke his arm while playing football in 2013. He had surgery and therapy at another hospital, but never regained his full range of motion, which for an athlete like Taylor, was very unfortunate. His parents decided to seek a second opinion at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Greenville. Taylor was scheduled for surgery in March 2014 and started occupational therapy immediately after.

Taylor’s therapist said he “followed every direction, tolerated day and night exercises, and achieved his goals with only slight limits in movement.”

The 8-year-old was able to return to the football field and complete his season successfully.

KWN, along with the staff at Shriners, is excited to honor Josiah and Taylor for their bravery!

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