“After his four day post-op stay, Dakota still faced up to eight weeks of physical therapy”
Dakota was first treated for juvenile osteochondrosis of the hip and pelvis at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities when he was 9 years old. Osteochondrosis is a self limiting developmental derangement of normal bone growth and may also be referred to as Perthes disease. Perthes disease is a rare childhood condition that affects the hip. It occurs when the blood supply to the rounded head of the thigh bone is temporarily disrupted. Without an adequate blood supply, the bone cells die. Although the term “disease” is still used, Perthes is really a complex process of stages that can last several years. As the condition progresses, the weakened bone at the head of the thigh bone (the “ball” of the “ball-and-socket” joint of the hip) gradually begins to break apart. Treatment for Perthes focuses on helping the bone grow back into a more rounded shape that still fits into the socket.
Dakota has to-date undergone more than three surgeries and procedures. One such surgery was a left femoral de-rotation osteotomy that involved cutting the thigh bone and re-positioning the ball of the thighbone into the hip socket. After his four day post-op stay, Dakota still faced up to eight weeks of physical therapy.
According to his Child Life Specialist, Dakota is an outgoing and energetic young boy, despite having endured multiple surgeries. He impresses his care providers by his selflessness as each time he returns to the hospital for an appointment, he brings toys and other gifts for other pediatric patients.
It is with great pride that we honor Dakota’s courage by recognizing him as Kids Wish Network’s along with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities’s Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Dakota!