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Teen’s foot rebuilt after accident

Jayden Fortner was a freshman in high school when she almost lost her foot in a terrible accident. Thanks to the innovation of Dr. Edmond Ritter, professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Fortner’s foot was able to be saved and is continuing to heal nicely.

Using a technique called anterolateral thigh free flap, Ritter transferred a section of tissue from the outside of Fortner’s thigh to rebuild the inside of her foot.

“Some people are better with the amputation, some people are better with salvage,” he said. “I think we picked the right thing for her, although there was a lot of discussion and I remember crying.”

The Augusta Chronicle: Innovative surgery used to rebuild teen’s foot nearly ripped off in accident

Feb. 17, 2018

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Emily Lacey

Emily Lacey is a writer in the Division of Communications & Marketing at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-6144 elacey@augusta.edu.