During what was supposed to be a much-needed break, Grace Taylor suffered an injury that made a hard time even harder. Grace, 10 years old at the time, was spending time at the lake on Father’s Day. Her father was killed a month earlier after getting hit by a car while riding his bike. Grace’s mother, Barbara, sent her daughter to the lake with some friends to take her mind off of her father not being around.
“I just wanted to get her out of the house and in a different environment,” Barbara said.
While at the lake, Grace slipped and fell on the dock. Her left leg went into the water but her right leg stayed on the dock. Afterwards, Grace felt severe pain and discomfort in her right hip.
Barbara took Grace to the emergency department at Egleston hospital for an X-ray.
Nicholas Fletcher, M.D., a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Egleston hospital, had no problem identifying Grace’s injury as slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). SCFE is a hip condition in which the head of the thigh bone slips off the neck of the bone. Dr. Fletcher recommended a surgery that would keep Grace, a very active child, in a wheelchair for some time. He left the decision with Barbara.