(PFFD) Proximal femoral focal deficiency is a rare, non-hereditary birth defect that affects pelvis, particularly the hip bone, and the proximal femur. The disorder may affect one side or both with the hip being deformed and the leg shortened.
Mallori was less than 24 hours old, her Mother, holding her close to her heart, soft tears falling down her cheeks. Will she ever Dance?
... Mallori was born without growth plates in her right leg. The medical term for this is (PFFD) Proximal femoral focal deficiency. Her right leg does not grow as fast as her left. When she was born her prognosis was that she would not be able to crawl, walk, run, or play like a normal child.
One alternative was to amputate her right leg. When Mallori was two years old she had hip, knee and ankle surgery to help correct this problem. She has been under the care of the physicians at the Baltimore Sinai Hospital for Advanced Orthopedics and has had much success in her ability to function.
Mallori had her first limb lengthening surgery when she was four years old. Here comes the Dance! she is now able to run, ride a bike, jump on a trampoline, DANCE and play as any other child. This would never have happened if she had not had these surgeries.
Because Mallori is growing it is now time for her to go back to Baltimore. Her second limb lengthening surgery is scheduled for June 5, 2012. She will be in Baltimore and receive her physical therapy in the clinic while the lengthening process is being done.