A short statured eight-year-old girl named Majd Ali from Oman, whose hands and legs are crooked, was recently operated at Sancheti Hospital, Pune. Majd is suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a rare genetic deformity, which mainly affects bones.
Apart from the rare occurrence of the disease, doctors said that the amount of deformity in Madj’s case is severe which makes it a very rare case. The surgeries would straighten her legs and would make walking possible for her.
Majd’s right leg was operated last week and doctors at Sancheti would operate her left leg in the next week.
Dr Sandeep Patwardhan, Pediatric Orthopedic Specialist at Sancheti, who led the team that performed the surgery, said, “We have operated the patient with femur segmentation osteotomy with telescopic nail insertion. This telescopic nail would grow as the patient grows. These types of cases are very rare and in this particular case the deformity is very severe.”
While speaking about the recovery process, he said “In at least one and half months we could expect the patient to get back on her feet. But, the surgery cannot guarantee that the person would be able to walk like a normal person. In some cases, post-surgery, people take few years to walk with the help of physiotherapy. The post-operative success depends on muscle power of the patient and many other factors.”
In majority of the cases, suffering with this condition since birth, either of the two legs or arms is crooked. Whereas in Madj’s case, both her hands and legs are crooked. The doctors informed us that the deformity in the hand will be corrected after six months.
“The government of Oman has funded the surgery. I have three children, but Majd is the only one who suffers from this condition since birth. In Oman, we do not have such advanced medical treatments available, so we had to come here. I hope after the surgery my daughter can walk to school,” said Majd’s father who is a school teacher in one of the government schools in Oman.
Meanwhile, Dr Ashish Ranade, a pediatric orthopedic specialist who consults at Deenanath Hospital, Pune, said, “It is known to be a rare disorder and these are challenging cases. These are seen mostly in Middle Eastern countries as the marriage within the blood relation is common in these countries.”