Charlotte was born without ACLs in both knees. This allowed for a lot of laxity in her knee joints, which allowed for her to get into a very interesting position en utero. She came into the world with dislocated hips, knees and feet. Her doctor’s first priority was getting her knees fixed and then her feet, which he did beautifully. We had hoped that a few years of sleeping in a Rhino brace would have fixed her hips and it almost did but just not close enough. So on October 15, 2011 when Charlotte was 4 ˝ years old she had bilateral hip surgery. In order to prepare I searched online to find some sort of adaptive furniture. The only websites I found were for some homemade plans for some very primitive looking chairs. Then I happened upon Ivy Rose Spica Chairs. There were so beautiful and at a time when the upcoming surgery and aftercare seemed so overwhelming, it was amazing to be able to look forward to something so enchanting and helpful to arrive in the mail. Charlotte loved her pony chair and used it all of the time: For eating, drawing and playing with toys. She also had a wheelchair, which helped a lot with getting her around the house and eating at the dinner table. She was in her cast for eight weeks. It was both a challenge and a blessing. We were overwhelmed with the amount of love and care the poured in during those few months. When Charlotte’s cast came off it was very emotional for everyone. It took her almost three weeks to begin to walk again. Now, with the cast removal five months behind us and with a lot of swimming at the local YMCA and a lot of love Charlotte is more active than she has ever been. I send all of my gratitude to Stephanie for making such beautiful chairs and helping our children when they need it the most. What an angel!
Mabel Jayne's Story
Evalisse was born October 5th 2009 one week before my due date. She weighed 5lb. 8oz. On December 7th at her 2 month check-up the doctor heard a "hip click". The doctors did an ultrasound and x-ray to confirm that Evalisse had DDH development dysplasia of the hip. Evalisse had to wear a Pavlik harness for six weeks this would hopefully correct her hip. On Friday January 29th after almost 7 weeks in the harness the doctors found out the her hip was completely out of the socket, so the following Monday February 1st Evalisse had a Closed Reduction surgery and was put into a Spica cast. She cried a lot after she was put into the cast she did not like to be put down at all. Since we received her new princess chair I can actually put her down and she is perfectly content she loves being able to sit up like a big girl and play with her toys. Stephanie we still can't thank you enough this chair has made the whole experience with the cast so much better.
Victoria & Evalisse
It was a typical Monday, January 11th, I went to work, then I had to take both of my kids for their check-ups. My son (JT), who just turned 3 and my daughter (Lilly), who was 10 months. It was a normal check up...weight, height, and of course, the shots!! After all that, they were checking my daughter's hips and length and noticed that her left leg was shorter than her right. That's where our nightmare started. We were sent to get x-rays of her hips. It turned out that she had a dislocated hip. To our surprise, Lilly had to have surgery. We found out on January 13th that she needed the close reduction surgery. She was scheduled for the following Thursday, the 21st. We were a nervous wreck. She had to get put under anesthesia and stay in the hospital overnight. Needless to say, we just wanted the surgery over with and our little Lilly home safe and sound.
On January 21st, Lilly had the surgery. What an exhausting 3 hours it was waiting to see how she was and to speak with her doctor. Finally, he came out and said "what a little trooper she is". To our surprise, she did wonderful. We were so relieved. The nurses were great with her and told us that she needed to be different positions throughout the day so she did not get tense/sore.Now, on to your wonderful chair! My work family all pitched in and got Lilly your spica cast chair. What a little miracle it is! It has been a lifesaver. She eats and plays in it. It has brought so much happiness into our house because she is so pleasant to be in it. I love the lily pads that are painted on the sides. And, her name on the back brings such a unique touch! Again, I can't explain how much of a stress-reliever it is to have the chair. She is so heavy to carry around, and to see her play in it and being able to sit up, well, it brings tears to my eyes!! I want to thank you for coming up with this idea! It has been such a blessing for me and my family!
This is Emily who was diagnosed with DDH at 18 months.With her first spica cast she was very clingy and didn't know what to do with herself. I received her pink poodle chair after her cast change. Truly amazing what a difference these chairs can make for a child whose independence has been completely stripped.
She colored, ate her meals and played in her chair much of the day. To my surprise she screamed when I took her out. Her big brother Austin was quite jealous that he did not have such an awesome chair although he sat in it every opportunity he got! Emmy has been out of her cast for 4 weeks now and her chair is still her favorite spot for everything.
I am so thankful for Stephanie who made a pleasant experience out of something that could have been disastrous!!!
Kim Belkin, Racine, Wisconsin