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Riley Vergano

Long Island, NY

As a fun, active and athletic 10 year old, my daughter Riley had long suffered from bilateral foot and calf pain that was starting to prohibit her from participating in the activities she loved such as cheerleading and softball.

Diagnosed with an accessory navicular bone in both feet, our family decided to take Riley to HSS for the best care possible. Upon meeting Dr. David Scher we immediately knew Riley was in the best hands. His calm, and friendly bedside matter helped make the final diagnosis a little easier to hear because the extent of Riley's condition was worse than we had known or anticipated. Dr. Scher explained she would not only have to have surgery to remove the accessory naviculars, but she would also need bilateral gastrocnemius recessions.

Riley went into surgery at HSS on August 27th and we found ourselves among the most compassionate and knowledgeable hospital staff imaginable. Before, during and after she has received nothing but the most impeccable care. We were surrounded by the best of the best.

Riley's road to recovery was challenging, but having gone from the initial two weeks of wheel chair confinement to doing cartwheels and completing a 5K just 10 weeks later, we find it pretty remarkable!

We are endlessly thankful that under the guidance of Dr Scher Riley's journey with HSS has been nothing but the most positive, life changing, healing experience!