ACL Patient Stories

All-Star Patient Beats Two Ligament Tears


When Azzi Fudd, the top girls’ basketball college prospect in the country needed ACL surgery, she turned to Shelbourne Knee Center. Azzi’s story became an ESPN cover article, and it’s easy to see why.

Playing in the 2019 national 3-on-3 tournament in Colorado Springs, Azzi, a 5-foot-11 guard, tore both her anterior…

Revision ACL Surgery Lets One Young Man Return to Active Life


Jonathan Fernandes had never heard of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) until he tore his while practicing Jigo Tensin Ryu Jujutsu in September 2018. The 32-year-old mathematician at the University of Maryland is a 2nd degree black belt in this martial art. He’s also an avid Argentine tango…

Grit and Expert Care Help Female Wrestler Return to Sport


Ten months after tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and her meniscus, wrestler Sierra Pienkowski competed in the Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals. She came in seventh in her weight class. The next month, Sierra took first place in the Indiana Frosh-Soph State Wrestling Championships.

The grit that enabled…

Case Study: Basketball Player and Family Drive 10 Hours for Best ACL Care


Claire Neff grew up with a ball in her hand, not a Barbie doll. Surrounded by three older sisters who all played basketball, the 17-year-old from Bel Air, Maryland started playing basketball at age 5.

As a player for Maryvale Prep, Claire scored 1,000 points. An article on the Interscholastic Athletic Association of…

Second Opinion Provides Solution for Unusual Injury


On the first nice day of spring in April 2015, Kendall Thompson went for a bike ride with her mother and her dog. The dog was on a leash attached to Kendall’s bike. When the dog stopped abruptly, Kendall’s bike snapped around and she injured her left knee.

Kendall went to a local emergency department in her hometown of Richmond,…

Soccer Player Travels from North Carolina for ACL Treatment


Darby Bevis has been playing soccer since she was three years old. “Soccer is a really creative game,” says the midfielder from Mooresville, North Carolina. “That’s why I love it.” A high school senior, Darby plays mostly for the Community School of Davidson and the Charlotte Soccer Academy.

During each of four years on her high school…

Family Chooses Proven Process for ACL Reconstruction and Rehab


At age 15, Noah Snodgrass was selected as the starting quarterback of the varsity team at Hagerstown Junior Senior High School. The high school sophomore had to work extra hard to earn this place on the Tigers because his dad, Scott, is the head football coach. Noah had made the junior varsity team in his freshman year…

Landen Wiliams is Ready for College Soccer After ACL Surgery


Landen Williams has been playing soccer since the age of 7. He made the varsity team at Plainfield High School (Plainfield, Ind.) his freshman year and competed in the state finals with his club team, Westside United.

Landen also played for the Indiana Fire Academy, a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the Indiana Fire Juniors…

A Two-Sport Athlete Chooses Proven Process for Her ACL Tear


Like her parents, Jessica Lehmkuhler is a talented tennis player. Her mom was on her college tennis team and her dad played for his high school. The 15-year-old was the #2 singles tennis player during her freshman year at Lebanon High School, in Lebanon, Ind.

Jessica is also on her high school soccer team—she was expected to be a…