At the age of three, Emily Heinrich broke her left elbow playing in her yard.
Two surgeries failed to correct the break properly, and she was facing a life of never being able to use her left arm properly, Lubbock Online reports.
A third surgery in December, 2005 at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas was successful, and Emily, now age seven, has full use of her arm again. Had it been left untreated, her elbow would have deteriorated and left her with significant problems.
The hospital recently selected artwork by Emily as one of three designs for its 2007 annual holiday cards. Sales of the cards benefit the hospital, which provides orthopedic care for Texas children at no charge to patient families.
Emily's design is of a reindeer. She used her own hand prints as the antlers.
Her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steve Richards, said, "I thought [her artwork] was beautiful and very well done. I think Emily is one of the nicest kids I have ever met."
You can help the hospital and other children like Emily by ordering cards in time for Christmas.
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