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Alisa's First Steps

NBC News Now “Top Story with Tom Llamas” reports on the story of HSS patient Alisa Zakharchuk, a six-year-old girl from Ukraine who was born with a congenital leg condition, where her right leg grew five inches longer than her left, making it hard to walk, run and play. Her father searched all over the world for a specialist, and despite the challenges of leaving the country due to the war, the family was granted permissions to come to the U.S. where Alisa received life changing surgery performed by S. Robert Rozbruch, MD, chief of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service at HSS. 

As an expert at performing this rare procedure, Dr. Rozbruch lengthened and corrected the malalignment and is confident that by the time Alisa is 14 years, she will have equal leg lengths, straight legs and will be walking like an average teenage girl. 

This story aired on Friday, March 3 at 7pm ET. Watch the segment at youtube.com.