Caitlin’s Story

Caitlin was 16 months when she was diagnosed with DDH. I wasn’t happy with the way she walked she had a funny waddle and used to fall a lot more than she should have. I took her to the GP and showed him her walk and explained she had a funny waddle and when I put her legs together her knees didn’t match. He agreed with me and sent me straight with her up to see a consultant at the hospital. I was with the consultant for 5 mins and straight away asked for an X-ray. Both our fears where confirmed and Caitlin was diagnosed with bilateral DDH. He had explained as she had no sockets it looked like she would need a salter osteotomy on both sides. As soon as she was 18 months he would do the first side.

 

Caitlin had her first salter in May 2012 and tried to do a closed reduction on the right hip. She was in cast for 10 weeks and . It took Caitlin 9 weeks to walk again but she wasn’t doing to we’ll and I had a feeling her right hip had dislocated again. I called the consultant and I had an appointment to see him the following week. He confirmed what I had thought and Caitlin was scheduled for theatre 2 weeks later. Caitlin had her second salter osteotomy in october 2012. She was in the second cast for 8 weeks this time and was walking before we left the hospital. Caitlin had her last spica cast removed 1 week after her 2nd birthday.

We are waiting for November 2013 (around her 3rd birthday) for our next update.

During all this process Caitlin was such a happy baby and really learned to adapt to her life in a spica cast. 2012 was a very fast year and it went through in a blur. Her consultant Mr Holroyd at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth Devon was so kind and gentle with Caitlin and ever to Caitlin’s dad and I. We couldn’t have a better service and very grateful he is her consultant.

 




Is this your story? Log in to reply to comments.

Leave a Reply

  • Call to Action Buttons

  • Email Sign Up

    Email Sign Up
  • Social Media Links

  • Translate Link

    Para ver en Español Click Aquí

  • SubNav Menu

  • Latest News

    Latest News

    Submit a Story

    The International Advisory Committee

    Apr 15

      The strategic initiatives of the IHDI account for some o...

    Diagnosing newborns in the UK

    Apr 08

    "Newborn Hip Checks Have Failed to Prevent Late Diagnosis" This was...

    Psycho-social impact of DDH: Research Paper

    Apr 03

    There is a limited amount of research available that explores the psyc...

  • Latest Stories

    Latest Stories

    Submit a Story

    Annabelle

    Apr 15

    Annabelle Leigh was born August 9, 2017. Annabelle is our third child,...

    Rhonda

    Apr 09

    I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia in July 2017. I had strug...

    Mariam

    Mar 28

    Hi. I was diagnosed with hip dysplasia since i was born. Im 22 years o...