2008-12-03 / Community

Thanks from Lila Grace

Lila Grace Frank Lila Grace Frank Lila Grace Frank would like to thank everyone in the community who is helping her raise can tabs for the Shriners' Hospital. Please continue to save the tabs. Everyone has been very supportive with this great cause.

Lila Grace and her family traveled to Tampa, FL, on November 18 for her first appointment with Shriners. The staff was very welcoming and made her first visit enjoyable.

While at the hospital, xrays were taken of her short arm and the doctor talked about putting a prostetic on her when she reaches the age of four.

The doctors discovered Lila Grace's arm did not finish developing because of amiotic band synd

Amniotic band syndrome is a rare condition caused by strands of the amniotic sac that separate and entangle digits, limbs, or other parts of the fetus. This constriction can cause a variety of problems depending on where strands are located and how tightly they are wrapped.

The developing fetus floats in amniotic fluid in the mother's uterus. What keeps the fluid around the fetus and in the uterus is a sac. This sac has two layers which are stuck together: the outermost layer which lines the uterus is called the "chorion," and the layer closer to the fetus is called the "amnion."

It is believed that amniotic band syndrome occurs when the inner membrane (amnion) ruptures, or tears, without injury to the outer membrane (chorion). The developing fetus is still floating in fluid but is then exposed to the floating tissue (bands) from the ruptured amnion. This floating tissue can become entangled around the fetus.

The incidence of amniotic band syndrome is 1 in 1200 to 1 to 15,000 live births. The cause of amnion tearing is uncertain and is consider a chance event. It does not appear to be genetic or hereditary, so the likelihood of it occurring in another pregnancy is remote.

After Lila Grace's doctor's visit, she and her big brother, Cooper enjoyed a visit to Disney World with their mother and Aunt Donna.

Along with everyone that has been so grateful, Lila Grace would like to say a big thanks to Mr. David "Doodle" Powell of Bainbridge for sponsoring her. You are greatly appreciated!

Lila Grace is the daughter of Craig Frank and Julia Frank. Her grandparents are Paula Jones and Benjie Jones, Colquitt; Joyce and Kenneth Williams, San Antonio, TX; and Ken Frank Jr., of Dunfries, VA.

Her great-grandparents are Charlie Ann Lane, Bainbridge, Barbara and Stewart Short, Shellman, B.A. and Sarah Jones, Colquitt, Dave and Donna Lane, Iron City; Roy and Francis Shook, Burnett, TX, and Ken and Gwen Frank, Jamestown, NC.

Her great-great-grandmother is Sue Grantham of Chula.

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