Tell us about your family…
I’m Lisa, and I live with my husband Dave, and daughters Sophia (5) and Lucy (1), in Crowborough, East Sussex.
Lucy is your star – tell us her story…
We were referred for a consultation [during pregnancy] as we were high risk (She was expected to be a large baby and was 9lb 9). Her x-ray showed that she had DDH and a Pavlik Harness was fitted to be worn 24/7 for 12 weeks.
What’s the current situation with Lucy? What does the future look like?
The harness did the required job and her recent x-ray showed that everything is corrected and no further treatment is required
What do you wish you’d known before?
I wish I had been prepared for the consultation. I didn’t know the harness could be fitted that day and I didn’t have appropriate clothes. It made the whole experience really upsetting.
Can you offer any advice to others in a similar situation?
Get as much information as you can before any appointments / scans / x-rays and go prepared. Join groups to get advice and see success stories as well as source appropriate clothing.
Is there anyone you’d like to mention or thank?
Dr. Katchburian at Maidstone was lovely with Lucy and really put me at ease.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I met parents who experienced the same lack of preparation and they had been seen 5 years prior at the same hospital. This is the one area it would be great to see some improvement.
Find Lisa’s buy & sell group for DDH families on Facebook here.