Walk-in ortho clinic in Clyde gets 3-sport athlete back on her feet

Basketball season ended early for eighth-grader Delany Buchanan. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Basketball season ended early for eighth-grader Delany Buchanan.

"I was in practice, and me and this one girl collided, and I fractured my fibula," Buchanan said.

"The first thing you start thinking about is, 'What do we have to do?'" said her dad, Joe Buchanan, who was concerned but didn't panic.

Delany received immediate treatment at the Orthopaedic Walk-In Clinic on the campus of Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde.

"She thought she sprained her ankle," physician assistant Audrey Fortezzo said. "So, she was able to come that same day without an appointment and walk right in, got X-rays and found out it was a little more serious than we thought. "

"When she started talking about a fracture, the first thing I think of is, 'You're going to have a cast up to here,'" Joe said, pointing to his thigh.

"I was in a boot for about four weeks, and I had crutches the first two weeks of it," Delany explained. "Now, I just have an ankle brace."

She is back in the swing of things for softball season, and, providers said, the 14-year-old shouldn't have any lingering effects to prevent her from playing volleyball in the fall.

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