Rosie

I was diagnosed with DDH at 9 months old. At the time I was close to be an early walker but I still loved to crawl around which was how my parents noticed I would drag my right leg along. Despite a family history of DDH and numerous assessments I wasn’t diagnosed until this point. The severity of it led to me being referred to a Hospital in London, a world renowned children’s hospital. Whilst I was in the best place, it understandable concerned by parents that had to be treated at a specialist hospital.

After 9 months of wearing the harness I showed little sign of improvement which led me being placed in a cast which meant undergoing anesthetic, again unpleasant for my parents. Fortunately after being the cast I was deemed strong enough to be without and before long I was walking! Every year for 16 years after I attended Great Ormand Street annually for my check ups which were always positive.

My point for posting is that I am now a fit and healthy 23 year old who lives life completed normally and even runs half marathons! Not bad for someone’s who’s life outlook was disability in the worst case scenario or life long hip pain in the best. I understand I am a lucky, but for parent’s facing this with their children, keep hope.




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  1. Cheryl says:

    I had the same experience as Rosie 59 years ago, except I was put in a full body plaster cast (from under the arms to my ankles, with my legs turned out)at 9 months and had the cast on for 9 months. I think I had a few cast changes over this time. I am so fortunate that it worked and has not hindered my life at all. Now I am about to turn 60years old and I suffer hip or joint problems.

  2. Judy says:

    I had the same experience as Rosie too. I was diagnosed at 9 months of age, and placed in a half body cast for 9 months. My walking was uneventful most of my life but now I am 58yrs old and am experiencing pain with walking more than 15 minutes. Diagnosis so far only mild arthritis and mild bursitis from my slightly altered gait. Would love to hear from other how they treated these problems as they got older.

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