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Aimee Hartwell

Nottingham , New Hampshire

Left knee reconstruction including replacement of ACL with autogenous hamstring graft, suturing meniscal tear by Dr. Mininder Kocher

Because of my orthopaedic care, I can play soccer again.

On October 4th, 2009, I was injured during a soccer game. An MRI indicated a complete tear of my left ACL, meniscus and a partial tear of my MCL. Over the next 20 months, my parents and I met with 5 different orthopaedic surgeons in New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts before meeting with Dr. Mininder Kocher at Children’s Hospital in Boston (MA). Dr. Kocher was the only surgeon willing to perform surgery on my knee due to the extent of my injury and the open growth plates that were present.

On May 31, 2011, Dr. Kocher performed the left knee reconstruction procedure replacing my ACL with an autogenous graft of my hamstring and he also sutured my meniscus back together. I was able to return slowly to a soccer field after 6 months and now, after 1 year, I am playing with my Dover (NH) Varsity Soccer Team without the use of my CT-2 brace. My knee feels so good and I am returning to my previous abilities of 3 years ago. I was even featured as the NH Hometown Hero on WMUR-TV channel 9 news on September 13th and 14th as a result of my overcoming being away from the game of soccer for almost 3 years and only due to the talent and care by Dr. Kocher and his staff, am I able to begin the return to the game of soccer which I love so much. My family and I will never be able to thank Dr. Kocher and his staff for taking such good care of me. He was the only one who would help me when no one else would. We will always be grateful to him and his staff!

View feature of Aimee on WMUR-TV

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