“Make sure your socks are on and very smooth so you don’t get any hurting spots once you put on the braces.”

Long before she was a patient here, Zoe Redington was familiar with Bulow Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions. Her younger brother, Zion, is a double lower-extremity amputee, and receives his treatment here. This means they have Bulow stickers and tee shirts all over the house.

“So, when the doctor told me that I needed to have AFOs, I knew just where my mom was going to take me,” she said. “Bulow!”

This isn’t the first time she’s experienced special medical care.

“I was born with half a heart,” she explains. “That means it doesn’t beat right. My mommy adopted me and helped me get all the surgeries I’ve needed. I’ve had five open heart surgeries.”

Then she adds, “Plus, I have to take a lot of medicine every day to stay healthy. Oh, and drink lots of water. I don’t like drinking water.”

She may have half a heart, but that does nothing to dampen her spirit. Zoe was named Tennessee Miss Amazing and went to Chicago to compete in Nationals. She also is a part of “Best Buddies,” enjoying hot chocolate with her buddy, and goes to Young Life Capernaum, “which is a group where I learn about Jesus.” Sometimes, they have a dance party afterwards.

Zoe’s friends say she has a great smile and gives the best hugs.

“I love giving hugs!” she said.

Her idea of a perfect day would be to go to school with her friends, then watch a movie at home with her family.

“Oh, and it would be really perfect if I got to eat pizza. And ice cream,” she said.

The most defining moment of her life was when she was adopted by her parents.

“I got a mommy and a daddy and brothers and a sister. I’m so glad,” she said.

To other patients new to AFO, she would say, “Make sure your socks are on and very smooth so you don’t get any hurting spots once you put on the braces.”

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