The Shriners Hospital is helping a four-year-old girl get back on her feet after adding a prosthetic lab last year.

The new device will help Ruth Schrader, who was adopted from Haiti by her parents when her biological parents could not provide the medical assistance she needed.

Ruth has Amniotic Band Syndrome, which occurs when a child is entangled in the womb cutting off blood flow and development in the fetus. Her left leg was amputated when she was born and her right leg was severely curved.

Doctors are making her a prosthetic leg and are proud of how far she’s come.

“She’s just made so many strides from where she was with not being very mobile to now I would say she’s pretty mobile,” said Peter Springs, a prosthetist.

Springs is the only person in Spokane who focuses on pediatric prosthetic care. Before the new lab was built, the hospital had to send families elsewhere. Rush’s family appreciates the blessing of it being near to their home.

“It’s comforting to know she’s going to get what she needs in life,” said Ryan Schrader. “And that she has that support system of not just her family but there’s a hospital and a care staff out there that are going to be taking care of her.”

With the new lab, the hospital will be able to meet patients’ needs more quickly. 2,000 patients annually is how many people the hospital sees annually. Upgrades cost the hospital $20,000.

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