Emery Dodd

First post: Aug 4, 2016 Latest post: Nov 10, 2016
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Emery was born November 13, 2015 at 12:37AM a healthy 8lbs 7oz and 19.5" From the moment she took her first breath, Emery has been such a joy to everyone in her life.

Fast forward to 6 months of age and mommy noticed Emery's hip popping out of place, so she took her to the pediatrician to check things out. From there, Emery was sent to have an ultrasound and XRAY on her hips. Mommy received a phone call an hour after the scans and was given the diagnosis of bilateral hip dysplasia. Emery was urgently referred to a pediatric orthopedist, Dr. Schrader.

Once at the orthopedist, Emery was evaluated and Dr. Schrader shared with us that surgery and casting was required to correct the problem before it worsened or Emery's body developed further. We made arrangements and scheduled the surgery for August 3, 2016.

Emery did very well in surgery and her left hip was able to be manipulated into its proper position without cutting the tendon in her left thigh. That hip was not completely dislocated. The right hip required more aggression to put it in place and cutting the tendon was necessary.

We are now home and adjusting to life in a body cast for the next 12-18 weeks. Emery's diaper is changed at least every hour and she is encouraged to lay flat for the first 2 weeks of recovery. She is adjusting remarkably well for such a young girl, but is requiring lots of TLC, cuddles and attention.

Thank you to everyone who has shown us support with thoughts and prayers as well as financial help and materials required for this recovery. Mom has taken time off work and is also starting school this month. Keeping up with rent, car payment and other bills and necessities proves to be challenging at this time in a single parent situation. So, again, thank you for your help. We appreciate each of you!

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