April is national Limb Loss Awareness Month. There are approximately two million Americans living with limb differences. Some lose limbs due to accidents or illnesses. Others are born with limb differences. That’s the case with Gabby Hetler. When she was just a few months old, Gabby began occupational therapy at Mary Free Bed.
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Dr. Michael Forness is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in treating children with limb differences, hip disorders and cerebral palsy. He has been the Medical Director of the Center for Limb Differences at Mary Free Bed for the past decade.
The Center for Limb Differences been operating since 1946. It was actually the first pediatric amputation clinic in the United States. Mary Free Bed works with more than 100 children each year from all over Michigan. They range in age from birth to 18 years and have differences in their hands, feet, arms or legs.
Learn more: Center For Limb Differences Resources