May 1997 AAOS Report

Dr. Ehrlich, patient testify to increase funds for research

Michael G. Ehrlich, MD, chairman of the Academy's Committee on Research, urged the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee on appropriations to provide $280 million in fiscal year for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. He told the subcommittee on April 15 that the Academy also supported a 9 percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health, as a whole. Appearing with Dr. Ehrlich was his patient, 11-year-old Taylor Breedlove, who was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, sacral agenesis, scoliosis, kyphosis and paralysis of her lower extremities. Dr. Ehrlich performed surgery to locate the girl's hips in the sockets. "Ten years ago, we would not have operated on any of these patients because there would have been too much pressure on the hip if we placed it back into the socket," he said. "In those cases, the hip bone would die. Modern research taught us about the circulation to the hip and how the hip could be preserved." Today, Taylor is walking with forearm crutches.

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