Local girl featured in Le Bonheur’s 2011 advertisement campaign

Local girl featured in Le Bonheur’s 2011 advertisement campaign
Local girl featured in Le Bonheur's 2011 advertisement campaign | Kyera Thompson

Kyera Thompson

Memphis – Martin 12-year-old Kyera Thompson appears in a series of new print advertisements for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The ads feature West Tennessee children who have been patients at the hospital. 

The Thompsons are big advocates of the Memphis children’s hospital that helped Kyera when they knew something was not right. Over the course of a few years, she had slowly developed a limp, and her control of her right forearm was limited. 

The Thompsons consulted Kyera’s pediatrician, who continued to watch her condition. “We hoped she would soon grow out of it,” said Kyera’s grandmother Pamonia Thompson.  

 But by age 10, Kyera’s condition did not improve. The Thompsons’ determination to find an answer led them to Le Bonheur for an appointment with Pediatric Neurologist Namrata Shah, MD.  

Tests at the hospital revealed some brain damage – the root cause of her neuromuscular condition, which had likely resulted from not getting enough oxygen at birth, says her  grandmother.  

Shortly after the discovery, Kyera began physical therapy, which she was able to receive close to home in Martin. Three months of therapy helped Kyera improve her strength and balance. 

Kyera is doing much better. “She’s improving,” said her grandmother. “She used to have a speech slur, too, and was slow in school. We’re so happy she’s better.” 

Kyera plans to mail copies of the photos taken during the campaign photo shoot to her mom – a solider in the United States Army who has been stationed in Iraq since June 2010. 

She is scheduled to return home this June. For more information about Kyera’s story, please contact Hillary Adams at (901) 287.6030 or at adamsh@lebonheur.org. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is known for cutting-edge programs in pediatric neuroscience, orthopaedics, critical care and cardiovascular services. Le Bonheur treats more than 130,000 children each year in a 255-bed hospital that features state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources. Serving as a primary teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the hospital trains more pediatricians than any other hospital in the state. For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit www.lebonheur.org. Follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lebonheurchild or friend them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lebonheurchildrens.

wcp 3/03/11

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