Last night we all went to see the Sixers play the Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately Allan Iverson was the only Sixer who showed up to play In spite of the loss, we all had a great time. David is really enjoying his time now being like an average kid. I know that there are some of you who have gotten to know David through my posts on DPR. For the rest of you let me introduce David, David is now 8 years old. He has a 5 year old sister Carolyn, and a 19 year old sister, Katie. David was born with a Cleft Pallet, a hole in his heart and a condition known as "Bi-Lateral Radial Club Hands with Absent Thumbs" What this means is we all have two bones in our forearm that support our wrist and hands, the Radius and Ulna. The Ulna is the larger bone that is on the same side as your thumb. David was born without the Ulna and also without thumbs. Because he was lacking the support normally provided by both bones, his hands turned at right angles to his forearm. Until the last couple of years, the long term prognosis of these children wasn't very good. None of the tried and true methods of correcting the hand to straighten it, worked more than a year at best. Also for an unknown reason, the bone that is in the forearm, grows about half the length that it should or not at all. This causes many problems to the child such as feeding, dressing or even being able to go to the bathroom independently. This is very hard on the child's self-esteem and doesn't paint a good picture for the child ever being independent. My wife and I met with probably 20 different surgeons on the East Coast looking for a treatment for David that might work. All of them painted a bleak picture. Some said to leave him as he was, and a couple even recommended amputation of his hands and forearm's and to fit him with prosthetics. We happened to be watching 20-20 one night and saw a segment on a Dr. in Baltimore who was doing some very radical treatments on children with some major Limb issues. We called him and he actually spent 2 hours talking to us on the phone. He said that he could help David. He outlined a series of operations that will take place until David is well into his teens. So far David has had over 30 different surgeries done. Among these was the repair of his cleft pallet. The making of "thumbs" for him, which was accomplished by removing his index fingers, shortening them and relocating them in the position his thumbs would have been in. He has had both his hands straightened by a new and somewhat controversial procedure. And last year he underwent a procedure to lengthen his arms over an eight month period, which involved breaking both arms and attaching an exterior metal framework, which was attached with screws and pins into his arm. Lengthening was accomplished by turning adjusting screws 6 times daily to constantly move the ends of the break apart and allowing new bone to fill in the space. David gained almost 3" of new bone in each arm David is now able to feed himself and do most bathroom needs by himself with minimal assistance. He is my miracle boy. He has a zest for life that is truly contagious. He has been attending a small private school for the last year and at a recent meeting when it was discussed that David might not be able to attend anymore, a few of his teachers started crying saying that they loved him and wouldn't want to see him go. They said that he has touched the entire school and was a good influence on the rest of the students. I'm sorry for rambling on, here are a few more shots of David and Carolyn from the end of last nights Sixers game. David and a few other kids were allowed to go on the court and shoot baskets. David even got to call a game on the PA system at the Wachovia Center Here's David taking a shot. (He actually got 5 in a row in ) His sister is next to him in the #4 jersey. David taking a break; And finally David with one of his favorite teams; (maybe next year :wink: ) View attachment 6841 Thanks to all who read this and for meeting David.