Patient Stories

Rilynn’s First Pair of Shoes

Riling showing off her new pink shoes while her mother bakes in the background.

Story Summary

Rilynn became a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children® when just six months old for a condition known as tibial hemimelia. The tibia bone in both of her legs was shortened or absent, making mobility difficult as Rilynn grew. But Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland knew just how to help.

The doctors fitted Rilynn with hard sockets, known as “stubbies,” which allowed her to learn to walk and even helped her express her bubbly personality. Her stubbies were specially designed to reflect her favorite Disney character — The Little Mermaid!

Today, Rilynn is five years old, and ready to take the next big step in her journey. She’s graduating from her stubbies to what she calls “tall legs” — full-size prostheses created by our team, thanks to your generous support.

With her new prostheses, which are also decorated with The Little Mermaid design, Rilynn is as tall as other children her age. She has articulated knees and feet and is ready for a brand-new experience: shoe shopping! When asked what activity she is most excited to do with her new prosthetic legs, Rilynn replied, “I’m going shoe shopping!”

“She’s asking everyone she knows to take her shoe shopping,” said Rilynn’s dad. “She’s going to end up with the most shoes of anyone I know!”

Whether it’s her first pair of shoes or her first day of kindergarten, Shriners Hospitals for Children has given Rilynn the care and confidence she needs to live a happy, healthy life. We can’t wait to see what else this incredible little girl accomplishes.

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