Six-year-old Joy Thapphalao was riding on a motorcycle with his family one day in April when they were involved in a traffic accident. Joy survived, but felt a great deal of pain in his right hip.
His family was very concerned, but didn’t know exactly what to do. They treated him with a local medicine, but after six days of home care, they decided to take Joy to a nearby hospital. The staff there told the family that there wasn’t much that could be done for the boy and sent them home with some over-the-counter pain medication.
Fourteen days after the accident, Joy arrived at LFHC where he was diagnosed with a dislocation of the right hip. Surgical pins were inserted to allow Joy’s hip to heal in the correct position and he was placed in traction.
LFHC used WFPI (World Federation of Pediatric Imagers) to assist in reviewing Joy’s X-rays to ensure that he would have the best possible outcome. Joy spent more than a month in traction at LFHC. During that time, the team of doctors and nurses worked to coordinate his care, while our child life therapist and physiotherapist worked to improve his mobility.
Joy is recovering and returns to LFHC for follow-up visits. He is able to walk with some difficulty but without pain and his father made special crutches to help him get around faster.
Globally, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 29, according to the World Health Organization. Joy is a survivor.