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News Archive - Progress Newsletter Summer 2000 Online
What a Doll!
Understanding physical changes caused by illness or therapy can be very overwhelming for children with cancer. To support young people as they confront these changes, Child Life specialists use a special Zaadi dollŪ named Mandy to teach children about the effects of cancer and its treatment.
"Mandy wears wigs or hats because she doesn't have any hair, and she has the ability to teach children about various treatment supports including catheters for receiving chemotherapy," explains Sheila Morris, Child Life specialist for the Cancer Center. "Perhaps one of the most difficult experiences to explain to a child or their peers, however, is the loss of a limb."
So Sheila enlisted a team of experts from the U-M's Orthotics and Prosthetics department who modified Mandy to demonstrate how children can be helped after loss of a limb. They crafted special artificial limbs and joints for her that show cosmetic detailing on one leg and the underlying structure on the other. The team carefully fitted Mandy with her new legs and feet, and now she even has a new dress and shoes to show them off!
Mandy's team (left to right): Mark K. Taylor, certified prosthetist and orthotist, director of clinical and technical services; Sheila Morris, Child Life specialist; Les Wontorcik, certified prosthetist; Heather Palmer, prosthetic resident; and Bryan Grose, certified prosthetist.