A 7-year-old Broward girl received a wonderful Christmas gift, amidst adversity. Veronica Avila of Coconut Creek has osteosarcoma, the most common cancerous bone tumor found in children. Her surgeons including Dr. Sheila Conway, recognized that removal of the cancerous tissue would result in disruption of her leg’s growth plate. This means Veronica would have required multiple surgeries to lengthen the affected limb over the course of her growing years. But thanks to generous donations to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation that support emerging technology, Veronica will be spared the additional surgeries. She is the recipient of a device newly available in South Florida – the Stanmore JTS non-invasive extendible implant that is implanted surgically and will enable her leg to grow over the years with periodic noninvasive adjustments, involving an external magnet.
When asked what she wanted for Christmas, Veronica responded “to be cured.”
About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.
About Stanmore Implants
Stanmore Implants can trace its roots back 68 years to its foundation within The Institute of Orthopedics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore just north of London, England. To this day, Stanmore Implants continues to endeavour its pioneering work in the field of orthopaedics by delivering innovative solutions to orthopedic surgeons worldwide. For more information on Stanmore Implants, please visit the company's website, www.stanmoreimplants.com. For additional information about the JTS non-invasive extendible implant, visit: www.implantsforchildren.com. or contact Stanmore Implants directly at the web address above.
About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Where Children Matter Most (2024)
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South
Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately
850 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-bed
hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs
routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The
hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern
United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing
Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional
honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.