Former patient at Studer’s Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Pensacola recalls healing care and national soccer tournament success.
In October 2017, a nine-year-old boy named Peyton was about to score a goal in a soccer game when he collided with the opposing team’s goalie. Two of the bones in Peyton’s left leg snapped. Peyton went to the Emergency Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL. The doctors stabilized the leg with a temporary cast. The next day, Peyton and his family met Sacred Heart Medical Group pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Huang.
“I loved Dr. Huang’s bedside manner!” said Dosha, Peyton’s mom. “The way he interacted with Peyton was nice -- very loving but truthful.”
The bone fracture injury needed two surgeries to help the bone heal properly -- one at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach and one at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola.
“It was all a whirlwind,” said Dosha. “I was fearful, of course, because I didn’t want to see my child go under anesthesia. There’s no word for seeing your baby cry in pain, and you can’t do anything about it. But after two surgeries and four different casts, we got to know the entire team very well and really grew to love them. I adore Dr. Huang’s nurse practitioner, Dana, and the entire team.”
During Peyton’s treatment plan, he had one long-leg splint, two long-leg casts, one short-leg cast, a walking boot and a wheelchair. He was out of school for more than three weeks while his bones were set in the splint. Four months of orthopedic care was difficult for an active child and his family. But on January 31, 2018, Peyton was cleared to walk. In February, he was back to playing soccer. In March, his team won its first tournament of what grew to be a winning season. His traveling soccer team, Enterprise Select Soccer, headed to the 2018 national soccer tournament in Orlando, FL.
Peyton continues to be active in soccer and baseball. His mom says his leg is “absolutely perfect!” Thanks to the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, Peyton was able to make a full recovery and continue participating in the sports he is passionate about.