Orthopedic Outpatient Clinic

A New Life, Half a World Away

by Kristina
Rolfes
November 2, 2012
Ostracized by her own people because of her son's developmental disabilities, a mother's journey to save her son leads her from Africa to Kennedy Krieger and its affiliate PACT.

In rural Africa, where 3-year-old Fabian Ndungu Githinji was born, his mother Maureen could feel the eyes of her neighbors on her when she held Fabian, and hear their whispers behind her back. It was obvious that Fabian was different, with his abnormally large head and delayed development. In her culture, many still believed that children with developmental disabilities were a bad omen or a curse.

Orthopedic Outpatient Clinic

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205

About Our Program:

The Orthopedic Outpatient Clinic is an outpatient program that evaluates children from infancy into early adulthood. The orthopedic team, along with the physical therapists, evaluates the child for orthopedic problems such as gait disorders, subluxation of the hips and scoliosis. Unique to Kennedy Krieger Institute is the ability to combine operative care with intensive post-operative physical therapy, maximizing surgical benefit.

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