Case #3:

Michael is a 10 year old boy who was admitted to Loyola with a partial right foot amputation. He had been playing basketball with his 14 year old brother in front of their home when a drunk driver ran over his right leg. After some operations, Michael's right leg was placed in a long leg cast as well as external fixators on the left leg. He had been receiving physical therapy in the hospital two times per day. He had difficulty enduring the pain and often cried before, during and after debriding his stump. Michael lives with his parents, 17 year old sister and 14 year old brother. There have been rumors spread at Michael and his sister's schools that Michael had both legs amputated. Mother has never left her son's bedside and often accompanies him to his physical therapy sessions. Michael is aware of his partial foot amputation but will not discuss it.