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Plasma Car - Ride on Toy

We just wanted to let people know about the Plasma Car, a ride on toy for kids. It's perfect for kids that have difficulty pedaling other ride on toys. There are no pedals and no batteries. Kids propel the car forward by swiveling the steering wheel back and forth. It drives on a smooth, flat surface. Our 3 year old daughter has bilateral PFFD and wears a prosthesis on one leg. My husband made some adjustments to a tricycle to see if she could pedal it with one foot, resting the other leg on a stationary rod. However, it has been difficult for her to do by herself at this point. She loves to play outside and we had been searching for a ride on toy she could control by herself. I saw the Plasma Car in a toy catalog and got it for her birthday in February. She loves it. She can get on by herself, put her legs out straight in front and start turning the wheel to make it go zooming down the driveway and around in circles. It is a wonderful ride on toy for any child that has a difficult time with pedals since you control it completely with your arms. All kids love it. I just noticed that Target is selling it online now. You can search the web to see pictures and even a demonstration of it in action.

Hip Surgery

My husband and I have some questions for the group about hip surgery (actually femoral osteotomy). Our 3-year old daughter, Allison, has bilateral PFFD. She has a short femur in her left leg (Paley Type 1b) and no femur or hip socket in her right leg, so her right foot falls slightly below the level of her left knee. She wears a prosthesis with a hinged joint on her right leg, and she walks pretty well.

Allison has never had any surgery, but her doctor recently recommended a valgus osteotomy to correct the coxa vara in her left femur (her better leg) and to derotate. We'd like to get some feedback from others who have had experience with this surgery. Allison is not a candidate for lengthening, so the purpose of the osteotomy is entirely to improve her walking ability (i.e., not in preparation for lengthening).

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