The first time Michael O’Hearn won an alpine skiing medal he slept with it for months. Peculiar? Maybe. But by all accounts, the freckle-faced 16-year-old shouldn’t be standing on a mountain, let alone skiing down one.
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John Berteletti has been with Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics for more than 25 years, and has been called “the godfather of the Boston Brace 3D”—the latest evolution of the Boston Brace System, which is custom fabricated for each individual patient using a digital laser scan and precise measurements to create a 3D CAD/CAM model. In this Q&A, John discusses how he joined Boston O&P, his role in developing the Boston Brace 3D, and key advances in scoliosis care.
When Lindsey and Jeremy Walley went for a routine ultrasound at the five-month mark, the only surprise they expected to learn about their unborn child was whether they were having a girl or boy. But moments later, when they were asked to speak privately with the obstetrician, they knew something was wrong.
Lying on the living room floor of the Landvatter home in Amherst, New Hampshire, three-year-old Noah turns to his baby brother Charlie. “I’m going to tell you a story,” he says. Unable to move his arms and in a brace to keep his spine in place, Charlie listens.