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Magnet Used to Grow Leg of 9-Year-Old Cancer Patient

Times of India
17 April 2010
Washington, USA

A new procedure has for the first time magnetically lengthened a nine–year–old cancer patient’s leg. The feat could rule out the possibility of up to 10 future surgeries for Morgan LaRue, as her body grows.

On March 29, 2010, Morgan lost a portion of the bone in her upper leg to bone cancer and was facing the potential of numerous surgeries in order to keep her left leg even with her right, as she grows into adulthood.

In her initial surgery two weeks ago, Rex Marco, an oncologic orthopaedic surgeon, implanted a prosthetic device that saved Morgan from a lower limb amputation and allowed her cancerous bone to be replaced with a metal implant. The device, a Stanmore Implants Extendable Distal Femoral Replacement, can be extended as Morgan grows, saving her from ongoing invasive procedures.

The height is increased by placing the leg into a magnetised donut, where the doctors can extend the implant without any surgery. The magnet extender is a reversible extender that is the first and only device of its kind.

“Morgan has already been through a lot of treatment for her cancer and this will prevent her from future uncomfortable surgeries,” said Wang, Morgan’s oncologist.

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