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Empowering Kids to be Decision-Makers in their Treatment Plan

Empowering Kids to be Decision-Makers in their Treatment Plan

After Elee fractured her leg, she felt uncomfortable and nervous. Her pediatrician referred her family to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu, where her care team involved Elee in each step of her treatment plan. From casting to physical therapy, Elee was a decision-maker, and her fear quickly turned to power. Her parents are grateful to the Honolulu Shriners Hospital for making the whole experience a positive one and for showing how it’s easy to take care of others and bring joy when they need it most.
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Amanda:

Shortly after she slipped, I could tell something wasn't right. She was crying in a way I had never heard before. Seeing your child in pain is the most gut-wrenching feeling. You just want to do whatever you can to make it better. The temporary cast that was put on her leg made her anxious and uncomfortable. Luckily, our pediatrician suggested we go to Shriners Hospital for Children - Honolulu, for follow-up care. I'm so glad we did. The Shriners' team was wonderful and explained everything to Elee, step-by-step, from the x-rays to the cast. They made her a decision maker in the process, and that turned the fear into power. She was able to ask questions and I think it really helped to build her confidence. Instead of being scared and sad, she was curious and excited. She felt much more in control and at ease.

Elee:

I like coming here because everybody's so nice. I love the fish tank. Its very, very fun.

Amanda:

After the cast came off, Eleanor had to go through physical therapy. And even that was great. Her therapists became her friends. They made each other laugh and she was excited for every visit. She couldn't wait to show them how much she had progressed. We are so grateful to Shriners Hospital, for making the whole experience a positive one. And for showing us how easy it is to take care of others and bring joy when they need it most. Eleanor is back to her silly, funny self, and we couldn't be happier.

Elee:

I'm feeling fine now. Now, I can do hula and dancing and swimming and all kind of other sports. I'm happy.