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'I'm Gonna Run And Run' | 9-Year-Old Niko Can Run Without Pain Thanks To Baltimore Hospital's New Limb Lengthening Technology

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A profound new technology used to lengthen limbs is being perfected at a Baltimore hospital, improving the life of one little boy who just wants to run without pain.

“We decided to continue, and if there were issues like they were saying, we would have to deal with it and it was the best decision of our lives,” Carla Luis, Niko’s mom, said.

“It was harder on him and on us to see those pins sticking out of your son’s leg,” Luis said.

“I don’t remember the feeling, but I remember seeing it,” Niko said.

Niko said he could still do all the things his friends could do, but playing would tire him out.

“If I run for too long, it hurts and I get tired,” Niko said.

“I have photos of him in Disney running with his exterior fixator and we were like ‘how does he do it?’ He has a strength that I don’t know how to describe,” Luis said.

“He went to surgery, came out, and he doesn’t have anything to worry about,” Marcos Tomayo, Niko’s dad, said.

A Precice plate was screwed to Niko’s bone, and using a magnetic machine, his mom and dad can slowly lengthen Niko’s leg from home — a fraction at a time, four times a day.

“Today it felt really amazing, not just because of the machine, but with everything that goes with it and I don’t know how to describe it- just happiness,” Luis said.

Niko had pins going from inside his leg to a Precice rod for roughly six months and he spent many more months in a cast.

So Niko is blazing the trail of the Precice plate, which screws to the side of the bone and pulls it apart from the outside using a machine with a strong magnet.

New iterations and I’m just grateful to the engineers that came up with this,” Dr. John Herzenberg said.

“I’m gonna run and run and run and run and run and run,” Niko said.

Dr. Herzenberg helped develop the new technology and performed Niko’s surgery.

The plate will stay in Niko’s leg for about a year, stretching it just a little longer every day.

He’s the same as other kids, it depends on how you look at him, but he can do anything,” Niko’s dad Markos said.

“I love them,” Niko said.

“He’s our little champion,” Luis said.

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