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These chairs are made by me to help parents when their child is in a hip spica cast or brace, hopefully to help make it a little easier. ON LOAN
I am 48 and have bi-lateral hip dysplasia. I was born with this condition but it only reared its ugly head when I was 37 years old in 2006, at that time we had a raspberry farm which took a far bit of manual labour and it was then I started to get lots of pain, I was sent to a Melbourne specialist, since then I have had over 20 procedures and operations.
I was googling about hip dysplasia and found the items some parents had made for their children that was in a spica cast, it was sad to see, so I spoke with my husband and with his amazing help, decided to work out how to help. So I got in touch with orthopaedic surgeon in Hobart and he told me to get in contact with Jan Menzies, Physio therapist for children at the Royal Hobart hospital, and she said some family’s made chairs for their children while they were in the spica cast for 3 months then they donated them to the hospital, but no one kept tabs on them and all but one had disappeared, also the hospital had nowhere to store them. So the journey began, working with Jan Menzies making sure that the design was correct, I did all the costings and organising to start to make some chairs, then my husband thought it would be a great idea to make them to flat pack, (because they are so big, need a ute to transport them) so they are able to fit into any type of car and be transported to any child in need in Tasmania. They were originally going to be painted, but in thinking about this I was unable to do this myself and thought they would start to look tatty after a few uses, so this is why they have evolved into what they are today and will last for many years.
They will be loaned out free of charge to parents then returned checked and the noodles changed, ready for the next child in need.
I am so grateful to THAT foundation (Tasmania Hospitality Association Tasmania), YT Joinery, Bagdad and Stewarts canvas, New Town for all their financial help, because without them my dream would be years away. Al