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Paley Institute Restores Hope on a Daily Basis

April 15, 2015 - Palms West Monthly
By Michelle Kaplan

Palm Beach County is known for its magnificent weather, beautiful beaches and high-end shopping. Now, it can add world-class medical care to that list.

While some cities lay claim to medical meccas such as Rochester’s famed Mayo Clinic and Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, six years ago the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute took up residence at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Patients travel from all over the world for treatment at the Paley Institute because they’re saving limbs, thereby changing lives.

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Dr. Dror Paley is Giving Kids a New Lease on Life

January 8, 2015 - CBS News Channel 12
By Mary Quinn O'Connor

Dr. Dror Paley has been blazing a trail in the world of orthopedic surgery is giving kids a new lease on life.

Paley has built his entire practice on lengthening limbs for children born with abnormalities. When families are told they have limited options, that's where he steps in. 

"They wanted to amputate Valentin's leg," says Martina Brand, a mother.

But Paley knows that doesn't have to be the case. "We're able to reconstruct those limbs as close to normal as possible. Sometimes it's so normal you would never know there was anything wrong with the child," says Paley.

Read the rest of the story at CBS News Channel 12.

Parents Battle for Major Surgery for Football-Loving Son

October 20, 2014 – The Guernsey Press
By Nicola Gibbons

A NINE-YEAR-OLD who dreams of becoming a professional footballer is facing having a leg amputated after his parents were refused funding for his treatment.

Anthony McMahon was born with abnormal hip joints and short legs. The severity of his condition meant he was faced with having both legs amputated, with prosthetic legs used to improve his mobility.

However, when he was two, Anthony become the first person in the UK to have a ‘super-hip and knee’ operation to reconstruct his right leg, by a world-renowned American doctor. It was paid for by HSSD.

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Fifteen Year-Old Emma Savarese Inspires with Alcatraz Swim


September 30, 2014 –
By Chuck Gibson

Emma Savarese was born with a short femur, no anterior cruciate ligament, and a badly deformed left hip on July 19, 1999. Without corrective surgery, her left leg was likely to be 10 inches shorter than her right leg at maturity.

At age 15, on Sunday, Aug. 3, she jumped off Alcatraz Island into the icy waves of the San Francisco Bay and swam more than 1.5 miles to Chrissy Field Beach at Presidio Park next to the Golden Gate Bridge. She stepped out of the water first among all females, first in her swim only category, and fifth overall out of 257 total competitors in the Alcatraz Challenge Swim that day. Being in the water is more than a swim for the Miami Township teen.

"I liked it because I was always on crutches," Savarese said. "Then I could swim and not worry about it."

Swimming was freedom for her; an opportunity to cast aside the crutches and be just like her friends in the pool. The hard part for Emma came whenever she could not swim. Surgeries, 22 of them, came early and often. It began when she was only a year old. Doctors at Shriner's Hospital in Louisville recommended to her parents amputating her foot and fusing her knee to create a good stump for a prosthetic leg.

"At the time, we thought it was ridiculous," said Emma's mom, Molly Savarese.

While they know now, that can be the best recommendation in many similar cases, Molly and Chris Savarese went to the doctor with a different request for their daughter.

"We went to the doctor and said make that leg longer," said Emma's dad, Chris Savarese.

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Paley Patient Wins Child Hero of the Year, 2012

November 26, 2012 - Maternity & Infant

Sean Byrne was awarded Child Hero of the Year at the Maternity & Infant Awards in 2012.

An Update on our 2012 Child Hero

We catch up with Sean Byrne, the winner of our Child Hero of the Year award last year, to find out how he is getting on.

Read the full story here.

Making Strides

February 4, 2010 – Fox 29 News
By Eric Roby

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - They are disabilities so severe most doctors say the only option is amputation, but there is a local doctor being called a miracle maker. He's changing the lives of children, offering them a normal life, when other doctor's give up on them.

A little angel ready to take on the world. At first glance you wouldn't notice her disability, but her right leg is more than three inches shorter than her left leg. "Any obstacle in the road she just rolls with it," described Maria Davidson.

Davidson temporarily moved her family from Philadelphia to West Palm Beach, so her daughter, Eva, can have a life-changing surgery.

"A lot of these kids, their only other option is an amputation," said Dr. Dror Paley. He recently opened his Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center. His specialty is to correct disabilities, like Eva's. "I have developed 100-200 different surgical procedures over the last 23 years."

His success rate is close to 99 percent, but that doesn't mean it's an easy procedure. First, the bones have to be broken, a fixator is attached, and then, for up to eight months at a time, the metal device stretches the bone and the muscle. It is very painful.

"Physical therapy is just as important as the surgery. This is where the bones, the muscle and the tendons will heal, and these patients will have to endure two hours of physical therapy ever say for months," said Dr. Paley.

In most cases, it takes several surgeries and months of rehab to get the correct outcome. "It's been a long journey. There have been several surgeries," said Alison Jarmas. She's in for her fourth and last surgery. Her fixator is about to be taken off, and she's looking forward to being a normal teen. "I am going to be learning how to drive."

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