Parker Bell The Strength of Parker B

First post: Jan 23, 2023 Latest post: Aug 18, 2023
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Parker was born with a broken leg. 5 days later we learned that he had a challenging condition, congenital pseudoarthrosis of his left tibia. He endured surgery at 2 1/2 years old to reconstruct his leg and place a stabilizing rod in it. Months in a full body cast, and many more in a long leg cast. He achieved full healing and took his first unassisted steps just before his 3rd birthday. We enjoyed almost 7 years of watching Parker get to do all the activities of a normal kid.

We had always worried and dreaded a leg break. His doctor's warned us with his condition it probably was not an if but a when scenario. 
Just before Parker's 10th birthday we learned that his leg had fractured. Luckily, this fracture did heal after months in a boot. However, it didn't take long before it fractured again. This time it did not heal. This is due to him growing over a foot in the past year, and with that his leg has grown above and away from the rod he has in his leg to protect it. The curve in the bone and the rod are now working against each other making him highly susceptible to these stress fractures and does not allow the bone to fuse back together properly.

Parker initiated the request to have the surgery to repair this issue. He has been warned by us and the medical team that it is not guaranteed to work and that it will be a long and hard process. He is willing to take the risk for the opportunity to run and play the sports he so wants to play with his peers. 

He will be having surgery on February 2, 2023. They will reconstruct the leg, removing the bad bone areas, and grafting bone from his hip. They will place a much longer rod in the leg. He will have to wear an external fixator for up to a year. An external fixator is a cage that goes around his leg with pins that hold the internal rod in place while the leg is trying to heal. This will be a long, challenging process, but if anyone can take on a challenge, it's Parker James Bell! We are already so proud of him and the initiative he has taken to prepare both mentally and physically for this medical journey.

We hope his friends and family will cheer him on along the way. The support and love help more than we could ever express! 

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