Dr. Christine Alvarez, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christine Alvarez is treating club foot in an innovative fashion. The treatment that she pioneered makes use of Botox injections, which are used to loosen and lengthen patients’ soft tissue, such as tendons and muscles, without the need for surgery. This innovative treatment has completely changed the way children with the condition are treated, reducing the amount of time they need to recover.

One of Dr. Alvarez’s patients is 11-year-old Taylor McCready. Taylor, who was only a few years old when his treatment began, has cerebral palsy. He has had numerous injections of therapeutic Botox to correct his legs and feet. Before the Botox treatment, children like Taylor would have had to undergo invasive surgeries that take weeks of recovery and years of physiotherapy.

Dr. Alvarez is a proud member of the Children's Circle of Care, a giving circle of donors who contribute $10,000 or more annually to Children's Hospital, and is directing her gift to support the new BC Children's Hospital.

"Pediatric medicine is greatly underfunded as a whole, yet it touches so many people. That's why I hope everyone in our province will consider making a gift to BC Children's Hospital."

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