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TOPIC: HIP Spica Chair and Table

steps Hip Spica Chair 9 years, 3 months ago #9892

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Just to let you all know, you can now download the plans for the chair from our website.

From the Home page:

Click on the orange 'Information' heading

Click on 'Document Library'

Click on 'DIY Instructions for hip spica chair'

Hope this helps

Ros S

Re: HIP Spica Chair and Table 9 years, 3 months ago #9903

Hi Mary,
Freddie is doing ok, she is now running around all over the place again but may have to go in plaster when she has her ppins out, this will mean learning to walk for a 4th time! Its very difficult when they go into a cast once they have learnt to walk and run because all of their freedom is taken away, hopefully Frankie will not have to have the operation but if he does please get in touch with us and we will do everything we can to help. Lou is back at work now but we too have regular trips to Kings for x-rays. Freddie came out of the cast then 2 days after her 2nd birthday in March she fell and broke the same leg, so we were back in plaster for another 6 weeks!!!!
Email me on the ikon add above and i will get Lou to give you a call. We should get the kids together one weekend over a pie and a pint.

Hope to hear from you soon,


Re: HIP Spica Chair and Table 9 years, 3 months ago #9973

  • Jekalm1
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Hi Lee,

I have not visited this forum for awhile but wanted to reply to your post as you maybe able to offer me some help and advice.

My daughter Jessica will be 2 on 11th September, she was born with both hips dislocated, she had to wear a harness which corrected her right hip but her left was still shallow, she had to have a cast fitted last September but the bone hadnt developed as well as they would have liked and now on the 13th September she has to have another cast fitted but this time she has to have a pin fitted to keep it in place.

Last time Jessica was in a cast she just started to crawl and after 2 weeks of being in it she adpated well and was crawling, but i'm worried as this time she is running around and walking so well and shes so outgoing I was wondering how your daughter adpated to the pin and also being in the cast and not being able to walk? Did you have to stay in hospital longer, and you said in your posts that she will have to have the pins taken out, is this what they normally do?

We live in Carshalton just outside Croydon which hospital do you go to? Were at Queen Marys childrens hospital in Carshalton.

Any help or advice you could give to me would be great.
Kind regards

Alex & Jessica.

Re: HIP Spica Chair and Table 9 years, 2 months ago #9991

Hi Alex and Jessica,
When Freddie went into the cast she had been running around for some time. The honest answer is she hated being in it. The frustration of having her freedon taken away from her was unbearable for her and broke our hearts, even now she will say every day help i am stuck!
She did pull herself along in the cast but only for the last month or so, she never managed to pull herself up or walk in it.
If one of the other girls cuts themselves we cant say the word plaster in front of her as she screams "no pink" (her second leg cast was pink) so we have to call them stickers!
When we had the Spica chair made for her and put her in it for the first time she smiled for the first time in the cast as she could then sit up to eat and play so it brought a little normality back to her.
We are back to the hospital in October for for her 1 year check and will get a date for her to have the plate and pins out of her leg. If bone has grown over the plate she will have to have another leg plaster on so we are crossing everything that this is not the case as she is close to being as she was, just a little limp now.
We are under Mr Lahoti at Kings College hospital which is a real pain to get to and parking is a nightmare!
The best advice i can give, which i am sure you do is make her as comfortable as possible using cushions and bean bags but the chair we had made was a god send.
If you can get one it will help Jessica have a little normality while in the cast.
I have the plans for the chair or you are welcome to borrow Freddies as we hopefully will not be needing it (he says with fingers crossed)
Feel free to email me if i can be of any more help and let me know how Jessica is getting on. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Good luck to Jessica and mum and dad, we know its a trying time.


Re: HIP Spica Chair and Table 9 years, 2 months ago #10026

  • Jekalm1
  • Senior Forum User
  • Posts: 59
Hi Lee,
Thanks for replying back I did email you on your personal email address, but not sure if you got it.

Was wondering if u could email me a picture of the chair so I can see what it looks like as would be interested in borrowing it if I can.

My email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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