When Danielle Fields spotted her daughter D’Nai in the school gym, the 16-year-old was crumpled on the floor, crying. It was her knee, D’Nai told her mom.
During volleyball tryouts, it painfully gave out. Two months earlier, she had felt her knee pop while jumping during track tryouts. That time, ice and rest helped her recover quickly, but this time it was more serious.
“A physical therapist [at the school] said I should take her to an orthopaedic doctor,” Fields recalled. “D’Nai’s a little Supergirl. She will hurt herself and not say anything. I had no idea that there was anything wrong.”
Fields took her daughter to Andre Grant, MD, at Duke Orthopaedics of Raleigh. After examining D’Nai and analyzing her MRI, he gave mom and daughter the bad news: D’Nai had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).