News Advisory: Errol Mortimer, MD, featured on WCVB-TV-5 Boston
April 28, 2010
WCVB TV-5 in Boston featured a story about Errol Mortimer, MD, assistant professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and pediatrics, and a young patient with a severe leg deformity that made walking nearly impossible.
Three-year-old Fadi emigrated from Iraq last year with his parents as they sought better care for their son. Fadi was born with his tibia bent at a nearly 90-degree angle, due to a cyst caused by fibrous dysplasia.
Dr. Mortimer operated on the child’s leg and began a painstaking process using the Ilizarov external fixator—a mechanical device that is adjusted several times a day to gradually straighten the bone over the course of several weeks. Fadi will undergo physical therapy to strengthen his muscles and learn to walk in the coming months.
Mortimer, medical director of ambulatory orthopedics for UMass Memorial, has considerable expertise with correcting bone deformities. Although he has seen other cases of fibrous dysplasia, Fadi’s condition was quite serious and somewhat rare. The Ilizarov external fixator, which was developed in Russia, has been in use in developed countries for decades, but physicians in Fadi’s native Iraq, and in Jordan where his family initially sought treatment for him, were not able to help the boy.
The story aired April 28 on the WCVB TV-5 evening news and appears online (click here).