January 2, 2007
KING5 and Children's Hospital Partner on Healthlink Special: Mending Our Kids
SEATTLE -- In partnership with Children's Hospital, KING 5 announced today that it will air a Children's Healthlink special on children's orthopedics bone issues. Last year, Children's Hospital's Orthopedic Department performed over 1500 surgeries and provided over 17,000 patient visits for families from around the Pacific Northwest. Many of these surgeries and procedures are life changing for both children and families. Jean Enersen will host the special, which is scheduled to air on Thursday, December 28th at 8pm.
"We are so fortunate to have been able to provide quality orthopedic care for the past 100 years at Children's Hospital in Seattle. We have unique expertise to deal with a broad range of orthopedic conditions, from scoliosis to trauma and from bone tumors to sports medicine," said Ernest "Chappie"Conrad, MD, Director of Orthopedics at Children's Hospital.
"We are truly thankful for the families who participated in this program because their stories will serve as hopeful inspiration for other families confronting similar medical challenges," said Ray Heacox, president and general manager of KING5, KONG6/16 and NWCN.
Highlights of the featured stories include a baby with webbed fingers and toes who undergoes separation surgery, a young girl who is having a leg extended with screws and a 5-year-old with scoliosis who has a titanium rib surgically implanted to straighten her spine.
"I am amazed how children provide surprises at every turn" said Meg O'Conor, co-producer of the Children's Healthlink special. "They never lose their sense of humor." James Murillo, 15 years old is facing surgery for a benign tumor in his knee. While his mother worries about the surgery's outcome, James wonders if he can keep his tumor, once removed, in a jar. Kids never cease to amaze. Evening Magazine's Josephine Cheng was also co-producer on the special program.About Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.
Consistently ranked as one of the best children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Child magazines, Children's serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Children's has been delivering superior patient care for a hundred years, including advancing new discoveries and treatments in pediatric research, and serving as a primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. For more information about Children's, visit www.seattlechildrens.org .
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