By RODNEY D. BOAM
Life has not been easy for four-year-old Pyper Monson. She was born with a birth defect, tibial hemimelia. At 10 months, the daughter of Maurie and Daniel Monson had her right leg amputated from the knee down.
She also suffers with P.D.D (Pervasive Development Disorder) a form of autism. Pyper has to go to Logan and spend a few hours a week doing therapy. Her therapists recommended some therapeutic equipment to help Pyper work towards her therapy goals at home.
Using the equipment will help her physically and mentally and will also help Pyper function better in her daily life.
She also has to go to the Shriner’s Hospital in Salt Lake to have her prosthesis and stump checked to make sure everything is going well.
With all of her ailments she gets sick easily.
“We don’t like to have her out around people. She gets sick really easy and when she gets sick, she ends up in the hospital. We had her in the hospital three times last year. The year before she was in the hospital nine times. Besides all of her other health issues, Pyper has asthma,” said her mother Maurie.
When her therapist recommended the equipment she contacted Jay Heusser at the Elks Lodge for help.
Heusser got the service organization’s wheels turning and put together a dinner and dance at the Elks Lodge on Aug. 25, to help raise the needed funds.
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