At one moment she was healthy and happy, enjoying an active and care free life with friends and family. She had a minor fall while playing basketball with her friends during the fall of 2013. Within a week, a 12 year old girl named Cheyenne was fighting for her life. It used to be that staph infections could be easily treated with antibiotics. Recently, however, increasingly virulent strains of bacteria such as MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, have resulted in acute bone infections that have the potential to change lives. Cheyenne Knapp, currently age 14, is one such example. The story of her treatment, including 3 weeks of intensive care, 11 surgeries which culminated in a total hip replacement, and months of recovery at Children’s Health, was recently told by Fox 4 News.
It is important to have children evaluated by a doctor immediately if symptoms of fever, pain, and limited use of the arms or legs are not quickly resolving at home. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of infections involving bones, joints and muscles improve recovery and outcomes of the children who are affected. When infections are not treated early, they can damage bone and surrounding tissue and cause lifelong problems.
The multi-disciplinary, family centered Musculoskeletal Infection Program at Children’s Health is staffed by pediatric orthopedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, pediatricians, emergency room physicians, intensive care specialists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, pharmacists and researchers who are pioneering new treatments for children with infections in bones, joints, and muscles, including treatments for MRSA.