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congenital hip dysplasia

From: Yevonne
Date: 25 Jun 2001
Time: 18:04:17
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I was born with congenital hip dysplasia and had 29 operations by the time I was 8 years old and 34 body casts. I had my 35th hip operation 6 years ago when they put a complete metal hip in. I also have osteoarthritis in both hips, knees, and ankles and was told there is nothing more that they can do for me. When I was born both my legs were backwards and the doctors said that I would never walk which I did learn how to do at the age of 4 years. I walk with a very noticeable limp and have been teased all my life but to me its just the way I walk. I know that it is a genetic defect and mainly females are born with this as well as carriers of the gene. I researched my family to see who else had it and the only one I found was a distant cousin of my grandfathers who was a male so as far as I know I am the only female born with this as severe as I have it.My youngest daughter was also born with it but only had to wear a brace for a few weeks and now is ok as far as her hips go. I am interested in talking with others who are also living with this, it is nice to know there are others out there going through some of the same things because for years I thought I was the only one, I have seen a little boy who had but no other girls and it can be so lonely when you are experiencing pain and people don't always believe you. Please feel free to email me at

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