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VITALS / THRIVING WITH CLINT

Living his best life

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n the spring 1996 issue of Children's
Hospitals Today, the magazine featured
11-year-old Clint Landreth in its first publication of the Child's Story section. The article
shared his battles and triumphs living with
osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). The story,
"Mr. Outgoing," predicted Clint's outlook
was good because problems associated with
OI typically decrease in the patient's teen
years. Clint was born with the rare condition that causes the bones to be soft and
easily broken. He had recently undergone a
quadruple osteotomy-the surgical opening
of each femur and tibia, and realignment of
the bone around steel rods to encourage new
bone to grow straight along the rods.
Fast forward 21 years, and Clint, now 32,
will tell you his outlook is great. He and his
parents live in Asheville, North Carolina,
where Clint graduated high school and now
works. "I have had 13 surgeries, but haven't
had a major surgery in more than 10 years,"
Clint says. "Bone-wise, I'm doing really well."

Mary Haney

Featured 21 years ago in CHT, Clint Landreth
continues to live life as Mr. Outgoing.
business cards, brochures and a local
hospital newsletter. But the evolution of
software and influx of home computers
flooded the market making competition
tough. Currently, Clint is employed parttime at a retail chain store and helps his dad
with his online business. "I've always been
extroverted and can talk to anybody," Clint
says. "That's why I'm good working retail
and talking to customers."

Striving for independence

Clint learned to drive with the assistance
of an agency that provided a trainer and
a handicap accessible van. He earned his
driver's license to pave the way for his next
step to independence-driving to work and
social outings. The family owned a van and
signed up to have a local program retrofit
it to accommodate a handicap driver. After
waiting on the list for more than three
years, the Landreths learned that the van
was too old to qualify. Clint maintains his
license, and the family hopes they can find a
solution, so he can drive on his own.
Catching up
Not being able to travel independently
Clint's teen years went fairly smoothly.
made the transition after high school
A few times his bones migrated off of the
difficult. "He had tons of friends, but when
rods and his original surgeon, Raymond
you get out of high school, it's different,"
Morrissy, M.D., of Scottish Rite Children's
Joyce says. "He couldn't get around and
Medical Center in Atlanta (now Children's
meet people other than being dropped off-
Healthcare of Atlanta), made repairs. Clint's
Clint Landreth showing his smile in
that changed a lot. It was emotionally and
parents, Joyce and Steve, built parallel bars
1996 (top) and ready for prom.
psychologically devastating."
to help him get stronger, and he worked up
Clint moves ahead with positive thoughts.
to using crutches or a walker to go to the
"People who are in situations like me have one of two choices,"
lunch room at school. But that freedom was short lived. At 15,
he says. "Either accept what you have and make the best of it,
Clint fell out of his wheelchair. "From head to toe, it broke him
or wallow in self-pity and say 'woe is me' and do nothing about
all to pieces," Joyce says. "When he recovered, the function of
it. I choose to accept who I am and make the best of my life."
his body was less mobile and that changed a lot."
Clint's next milestone is to have his own place. Clint and
Despite the setback, Clint enjoyed high school and took
his mom are in the early stages of building a house. In the
part in the junior ROTC and went to prom. "I loved school-
meantime, Clint continues to work on the strength and skills
except for homework, who likes schoolwork?" he says. "I had
he needs to be independent. He learned to cook and schedules
tons of friends. I was never bullied, and I had good teachers. It
rides with an area service to get to work or appointments. "I'm
was a great experience."
proud of him," Joyce says. "He has an excellent mind and a
At 16, Clint took a shot a starting his own business. He
good heart." -Christine Bush
mastered computer programs to create and sell gift cards,

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