When she was two years old, Crystal Gabbe fell off a chair and was taken to the hospital with a bad limp. X-rays showed that she had a fractured hip and Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which cancerous cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue.
A team led by Drs. Richard Gorlick and David Geller at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore controlled the cancer and removed the tumor. Unfortunately, they also had to remove part of Crystal's femur bone. But they replaced it with an innovative implant that can be adjusted and made longer as Crystal grows, eliminating the need for follow-up surgeries.
Today, Crystal is back on her tippy-toes—and living the life she loves.
Crystal's story is one of the many reasons why The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is consistently named one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report . CHAM is where excellence in healing happens every day.
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)—recognized regionally and nationally by U.S. News & World Report —combines clinical expertise, groundbreaking research and innovative technology with an integrated, family-centered approach. As part of a premier academic medical center, and the pediatric hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CHAM is dedicated to training the next generation of pediatric healthcare professionals and is transforming the future of children's health.
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