When Peyton Thomas went into a tackle during tryouts for a new club soccer team, her foot got caught in the ground and her right knee hyper-extended.
“I felt it crack and I heard it crack,” said 14-year-old Peyton. She walked off the field and sat down to rest, icing her knee until tryouts were over.
After practice, her mom, Imani Thomas, took her in for X-rays at an urgent care near their home. They didn’t see any initial concerns with Peyton’s knee, but the doctor recommended she see a pediatric orthopedist.
The family knew exactly where to go—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The year prior, Imani Thomas took her oldest daughter, Paige, to Children’s when she fractured her ankle.
Doctors in the Orthopedics Program at Children’s ordered an MRI, which showed that Peyton had a complete tear of her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). In addition, she had tears of the medial and lateral meniscus.