Ethan is a 7 year old little boy recently diagnosed with Perthes Disease, a rare childhood condition that affects the hips. Perthes Disease can be incredibly painful and uncomfortable, and prohibits the child from walking, running, jumping, or playing.
“For six months prior to his diagnosis, we had no explanation for the agonizing pain Ethan was having. All day and night, Ethan would scream, shake and cry in pain with every step he took.” -Ethan’s Mother, Denise
Finally, an x-ray of his hips revealed the disease. For now, Ethan is unable to bear any weight on his legs. Perthes Disease can last for years before it improves itself or requires surgery. In the interim, many doctors prescribe specialized, fitted chairs that provide the right comfort, in the right places for children with this debilitating illness.
While insured, the new year had just begun and the family was unable to meet the deductible…which meant insurance would not cover the cost of Ethan’s chair. Ethan’s family was at a total loss, as the cost of the chair Ethan needed was more than they could afford. Through a mutual party, Ethan’s family was referred to Project MEND where Ethan was able to receive the refurbished chair he desperately needed: providing comfort and creating smiles again for the 7 year old.
“My family will never be able to thank Project MEND enough for the difference they’ve made in Ethan’s life.” -Ethan’s Mother, Denise