Free Shriners Screening Clinic
Just before he turned 1 year old, Carter Patterson started walking. But when he did, his parents noticed something was wrong with the shape of his feet. Without intervention, he could have had trouble developing normally, possibly resulting in difficulty walking, running and doing other things normal kids do.
Thankfully, Carter’s parents took him to a Shriners screening at Bingham Memorial Hospital, where doctors referred him to the Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City. Expert doctors diagnosed him with a condition known as metatarsus adductus, a foot deformity where the bones in the front part of the foot turn in towards the body.
Thanks to the screening, Carter’s condition was caught early. After spending six months wearing special orthotic shoes while sleeping, his condition was reversed and he was cleared by Shriners doctors. Today, thanks to the compassionate care of the Shriners, Carter runs, jumps and plays just like any other 4-year-old little boy.
The Shriners will hold another free screening clinic this Saturday, April 21 at the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza. The clinic is free and open to the public and will run from 9 a.m. to noon. No appointments are necessary.
Doctors will be screening for conditions such as:
- club foot
- hand or back problems
- bowed legs myelodysplasia (spina bifida)
- dislocated hips
- missing arm or leg, and
- problems associated with burns
All care provided at Shriners Hospitals is absolutely free of charge.
Over the course of their 87-year history, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided this specialty care to more than 865,000 children.
All kids 18 and younger are eligible and will be served on a first come, first served basis. Parents should bring their child’ birth certificate, immunization record and custody papers in cases of divorce, to the clinic.
If you know of a child who could benefit from the help of the Shriners, bring them to the first floor of the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the Idaho Falls or Pocatello Shriners at 542-1176 or 237-9738.
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