Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why This Little Why This Little Girl Really Is a Girl Really Is a Shining Star Shining Star; Family Launches Fundraiser to Help Tot Every Step of the Way

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why This Little Why This Little Girl Really Is a Girl Really Is a Shining Star Shining Star; Family Launches Fundraiser to Help Tot Every Step of the Way

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Byline: Laura Woodcock Reporter laura.woodcock@trinitymirror.com

THIS GORGEOUS little girl well and truly lives up to her name.

At just 27 months old, Jersey-Star has already gone through more than any little girl of her age should. But, despite this, the toddler is a shining light and has never stopped smiling.

JERSEY-Star was born with hip dysplasia - a condition where the ball and socket hip joint fails to develop fully and does not t together. She has had to undergo several bouts of treatment and numerous operations.

Proud mum Natasha Siviter, 29, said: "She is always smiling but all this must be dicult for her."

Her condition was discovered following routine tests as a newborn. "I knew what some were for, but the test where the doctor pulls on the legs I didn't," said Natasha, also mum to Rio, seven, and Angel, nine.

"After the test was done, I was told something wasn't quite right and the next morning we had to go back to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough as a matter of urgency.

"Jersey then had all these tests carried out on her, and the next thing I knew I was being told she had to be wear a harness for three months."

"e rst stage of treatment for hip dysplasia is for the baby to be put into a Pavlik harness. "is device is designed to keep the hips in the correct position. But it failed to correct the problem.

"My head was completely gone," said Natasha, a full-time mum who lives in Redcar with husband Roy, 35.

"My baby had been in this harness for nine weeks and now I was being told she faced more treatment."

JERSEY-Star then underwent closed reduction at six months - where the hip joints are manipulated to get the ball into the socket - and then an open reduction. "is is surgery to try to make the hip joints more stable.

But both of these also failed and Jersey then had to undergo femoral shortening. …

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