Hospital for Children Patient Ambassador
East-West Shrine Game
Grant Brumwell, now 10
years old, was born with Bilateral Clubbed Feet, his right foot being significantly worse than
the left and pointed back up at his chest. His mom
found out about his condition at her 22 week ultrasound
appointment. Having a birth defect identified in your
child is terrifying, the knowledge of the condition and the
treatment given by Shriners Hospital for Children, the doctors
and nurses, has made the whole experience not so scary.
The words of hope for the staff has been invaluable.
Grant was placed into casts on both feet up to his thighs at 10 days old. These casts needed to be
changed every 1 to 2 weeks. Grants treatment started in
Great Falls with a local doctor. At 8 months old Grant had
surgery to lengthen his heal cords, and then it was back into
casts for another 3 months. When Grant was about 1 it
became apparent to his mom that a different treatment plan and
doctor was needed. It was then that she was referred to
her local Shriners and they got Grant sponsored to be seen at
Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, WA.
February of 2009 was Grants first appointment with Dr. Baird. He was placed back into casts
and they needed to be changed every month, that began frequent
trips to Spokane. At the age of 2 Grant was moved to every 3 month
appointments and when he wasn't in a growth spurt it was every 6
months or once a year. During this time, Grant was placed
in night time braces. In kindergarten, Grant was placed
back in double walking casts for 4 months. What a way to start kindergarten!!! Grant, now
going into 5th grade, has been placed back in a brace to wear at
night for his right leg. He will continue to wear a
nighttime and/or daytime brace for the next couple of years
until it's time for surgery on the right leg. Dr. Baird
has always let us know that there are surgical options
available, but has tried to treat Grant with the least invasive
Through all this Grant has remained a healthy, active, energetic
young man. He has never felt sorry for himself, saying
It's how I'm made and what I have to do. Shriners
Hospital for Children has helped me since I was little and I'm
glad they did! Grant is an honor roll student at his
elementary school, an active cub scout on his way to earning his
arrow of light, plays baseball, and an avid basketball player
whenever he can. Most people would never know that there
is anything wrong with Grant's feet. This is due to the
amazing work that the Shriner Hospital does.
There truly is no place like the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Hope for normal life is always given, on
e never has to worry, because you feel like you are family and
they always have the best interest of you child at heart.
Not only are the staff knowledgeable, but they are friendly and
always glad to see us.
We would like to thank the Great Falls
Shrine Club, Dr. Baird, Coco and the rest of the hospital staff
and volunteers for the invaluable gift you have given
Grant's life would not be the same without all of you! He
is able to be a normal, fun, active boy... Grant walks because
of Shriners Hospital for Children!
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