Our 3 year old daughter, Kiera, has been diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH). This is when the hip socket has not formed correctly.
She is in no pain, and goes about her day like any normal young girl would. However, corrective surgery is required to prevent further complications that may develop later on in her life. As well as increase the agility of the leg, correct the limp she has when she walks and improve her overall quality of life as she gets older.
Operation and Care
A fairly large operation is required for this. She will be going in for the operation in mid June, 2015. Essentially the surgeons need to create the hip socket from bone grafts as well as shorten the leg bone to avoid unnecessary pressure that can pop the bone out of the joint again. A second smaller operation is required 6 weeks later to remove pins.
Kiera will be in a Spica cast for 3 months. This is a half-body cast that holds the leg in the correct position while she heals. Because of this healing process, she will be unable to move about by herself and will require 24 hour care and attention. As a result, her mother, Tracey, will have to take unpaid leave from work for a period after her first operation in order to give her the care she needs. We will then both work half-day to tend to Kiera until she is out of the cast and able to return to her normal routine and go back to school.
We are looking to raise funds for:
- Cost of X-rays/Doctors bills
- Compensate for the unpaid leave Tracey will need to take
- Nappies – She will be unable to use the toilet
- Activities and entertainment for Kiera to keep her mind stimulated
- Additional unexpected expenses that may arise
- Possible therapy that might be required after the operation
What if we raise more than we really needed?
Any funds not used for Kiera’s sake will be donated to the Maitland Cottage Home in Newlands, Cape Town where there operation will be carried out.
Maitland Cottage Home is a tiny children’s orthopedic hospital that treats children with orthopedic disabilities or injuries. They receive provincial government funding, but require donations from the public to ensure that the hospital keeps operating properly.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope you can assist us in reaching our goal amount and then exceed it.
The Sutton Family
Steven, Tracey, Liam and Kiera