As the Clinical Director of the Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics clinic in Richmond, Virginia, Ksenia Major usually works with patients in the Richmond area, but she recently shared an update on a patient a little farther away—on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
Ksenia has been working with the World Pediatric Project to provide bracing solutions for kids in the Caribbean since 2013. The World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit that provides diagnostic and surgical care for children in the Caribbean and Central America who don’t have access to advanced medical care.
Chelcee, who has a history of cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, has been a patient with the World Pediatric Project in St. Lucia for the past several years. In 2019, Chelcee traveled to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to have bilateral heel cord and peroneal lengthening surgery performed by a St. Louis-based surgeon who works with the World Pediatric Project. To help to maintain the range of motion Chelcee gained during the surgery, ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) were requested post-op.
The molds for the AFOs were delivered to Boston O&P headquarters in Avon, Massachusetts in the fall of 2019 but fitting was delayed due to the Covid pandemic. This week, Chelcee finally got her Boston O&P AFOs!