Audrey is 6 months old today, and on Friday we picked up her first prosthesis! We casted for it at the beginning of March, so it was about 4 weeks from beginning to final product. It is a passive arm, with an elbow that rotates and bends up and down. The hand also rotates, and the thumb has enough movement we can put a toy or snack cup in it for her to interact with. The hand is custom made, but it got delayed, so they put one they had lying around on for now, and we will swap it out for her own hand next week. It is a little longer than her full arm, but hopefully that will allow us more time as she grows before needing to swap out components. The Occupational Therapist (OT) said best case scenario is that she notices it and interacts with it once we put it on, and sure enough she looked right down and grabbed for the hand! She's a rockstar!
Here are some pics of the process, and a couple that are just cute! ARGH, sorry they are so big, photobucket and I don't exactly get along!
Casting of her little arm to make a mold to build the prosthesis on
Fitting of the test socket 2 weeks later
Working hard with the OT
First time wearing her new arm!
Hey, what's this?
Already using it to help prop up her right side when sitting
Wearing it under a shirt, rocking the football player look!
Hanging with big sister Hailey
Look at me! I'm cute!
She's so cute!! I'm glad she's doing what she's supposed to with it. Such a trooper.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Love it! What a champ, and so dang cute, too.
So cute and it seems like she is doing really well with the new arm!!!
Lenora & Chris 01.16.10
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she is adorable!
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