Perthes Disease North Carolina Dr. Standard
Preston on crutches on a baseball field with a medal and trophy Preston’s mom, Kendall shares, “Our son was 8 when diagnosed with Perthes disease. We saw two other orthopedic doctors before finding Dr. Standard. We were told [by the other two doctors that] he would be wheelchair bound for two years and be in cast and braces, and we weren’t sure if he would have range of motion at the end of treatment. We found Dr. Standard, and although we have a long journey ahead of us, he gave our son a chance at childhood. I would tell all parents to get a second, third, and fourth opinion if needed! Don’t move forward anywhere else until you meet Dr. Standard. It will be the best decision you’ve made in treatment.”

She adds, “Dr. Standard is by far the most compassionate doctor I’ve ever encountered. He treats you like you are the only patient he has. He remembers details about your child even months later. Marilyn [Richardson, Pediatric Liaison] was so amazing at helping us with our arrangements to stay, and Barbara [Scher, International Finance and Development Coordinator] really made this surgery happen for us. She worked with our healthcare plan until we had a resolution.”

“We believe Dr. Standard gave our son back his childhood. We don’t know what the future looks like yet, but we know the prognosis is better than what it would have been without him. It feels like home here [the International Center for Limb Lengthening], even almost 400 miles away from home.”

  • Preston and his mom smiling at the hospital
  • Preston smiling in a hospital bed being visited by Dr. Standard who is making a thumbs up sign
  • Preston wearing an external fixator while doing hydrotherapy with a physical therapist at the Rubin Institute's Rehabilitation Department
  • Preston wearing an external fixator while playing around underwater in the hydrotherapy pool
  • Preston with a physical therapist having his leg checked at the Rubin Institute's Rehabilitation Department
  • Preston with a fish he caught from his wheelchair by a lake
  • Preston and his mom with his wheelchair and walker in the parking lot at the Hackerman-Patz House
  • Preston doing Perthes stretching exercises with his mom
  • Preston in shallow water at the beach while using his walker