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Bad boned: A local child's battle with a degenerative disease

 

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Karter Scheele poses for a photo Tuesday in his Hill County Home. On his shoulder lays his brace that he wears when he sleeps due to Legg-Calvé Perthes disease.

Karter Scheele's parents enrolled him in a wrestling program when he was 4, hoping to find a fitting outlet for their high-energy boy who was driving his mother crazy. Everyone was happy with the results. His parents got a more docile child, and Karter found an activity he loved. Two years later, Karter was diagnosed with the degenerative joint disease Perthes in his left hip and hasn't wrestled since.

"The blood flow is interrupted to his left hip bone and it doesn't get there fast enough for it to regenerate. The bone ends up becoming like a piece of Swiss cheese with holes in it because...



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