Happy birthday to RCH patient and fundraiser Brady!
This amazing eight year old was born with club feet and has been treated at the hospital since he was just two weeks old to correct the position of his feet.
At a mere two weeks of age, Brady was in casts from his toes to upper thighs that needed to be changed every week for six weeks. At the end of this period, Brady underwent a tenotomy operation to lengthen his Achilles
tendon and drop his heels down into the correct position. Then it was another three weeks in casts to ensure the tendon healed correctly.
“None of this was very pleasant for Brady, but he was a really easy baby and dealt with it all quite well,” says mum Leigh.
At two years old, Brady was diagnosed with Osteomyelitis, an infection of the bones in his feet. When antibiotics were unable to combat the infection, Brady underwent a bone debridement surgery to remove the infected bone and tissue from his foot.
In the years following, Brady was fitted for various orthoses to prevent his feet from rolling inwards at the ankle. Though Brady still needs additional surgeries to fully correct his condition, this avid basketball player doesn’t let it stop him from shooting hoops. He even claimed the spot of assistant basketball coach last year. “Brady loves basketball and he plays it most days. He was just certified as a para-athlete, which will help him continue pursuing sports.”
When Brady’s not on the court, he’s bringing smiles to the faces of other RCH patients. This year, Brady asked for donations
to the hospital instead of birthday gifts. He is aiming to collect up to 150 presents for the hospital.
Thanks for your amazing contribution Brady!