Kalyanney is the second child in her family. She has a seven-year-old sister who is in the second grade. Kalyanney likes to play with her older sister and with dolls.
When Kalyanney started to take her first steps, her mother noticed that one leg was shorter than the other. This condition typically doesn’t cause pain in babies, so was hard to notice until she started to walk. Fortunately, a tuk-tuk driver suggested that Kalyanney’s mom take to her our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).
Their family traveled three hours to CSC to be seen by an orthopedic specialist, where she was diagnosed with dysplasia of the hips. Her hip joint is unstable and the ball of the hip slips in and out of its socket easily. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage that will cause pain and loss of function and movement later in life.
Kalyanney needs an open reduction of her left hip and a spica cast. The cast will cover her legs from the ankles up to the belly button. This type of cast is used to prevent movement for hip dysplasia, after hip surgery, allowing the area to heal.
Kalyanney’s family has contributed $100 towards her surgery. They need to raise $485 to cover the cost of the procedure so that she can grow up healthy and active.
Kalyanney’s mother said: “I hope my child can have her hip fixed so she can walk normally when she grows up.”