A baby who was born with club foot has surpassed doctors expectations, showing off her amazing progress in this adorable snap.
Rosie, 14 weeks, is now on course to learn how to walk like any other child her age, thanks to getting her foot-straightening casts off.
Young parents Lauren and Jamie, 22, from Wrexham, North Wales, were both panicked after finding their second child had club foot during a scan.
They were worried she may never walk like their first daughter, Gracie, two, after Lauren admitted she knew nothing about the condition.
But after four months of hard work, Rosie is now on track and proud mum Lauren now wants to spread awareness of the condition to reassure other parents that there’s nothing to worry about.
Rosie surrounded by her old casts: The 14-week-old from Wrexham, who was born with club foot no longer needs the foot-straightening casts she’s been wearing since 11 days after she was born
Rosie, pictured wearing one of the 16 casts she’s had since birth, is now on course to learn to walk like any other child her age
Rosie’s club foot: A baby born with talipes, or club foot, is born with one or both feet turned in and under, casued by the Achilles tendon being too short
Lauren, a healthcare assistant, said: ‘I’m so proud of how far Rosie has come.
‘It’s important that others know about clubfoot because when it was discovered that Rosie had it in my scan, I didn’t have a clue what it was.
‘I didn’t expect it to happen to me. It can be genetic but there’s no sign that this is the case.
What is club foot and how is it treated?
A baby born with talipes, or club foot, is born with one or both feet turned in and under.
The condition, affecting 1 baby in every 1,000, is caused by the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle being too short, and is more common in boys.
It doesn’t cause any pain initially, but this can develp over time, and it can make it difficult for a child to walk if not treated.
Treatment, which usually starts a week or two after birth, involves the Ponseti method to gently stretch the legs and feet into a better position before they’re put in a cast, changed weekly for five to eight weeks.
After the last cast comes off, most will need a minor operation to loosen the Achilles tendon.
Babies will then need to wear special boots with a bar attached to each other at all times for three months, and then overnight until they’re five.
Most should be able to take part in regular daily activities. They will learn to walk at the usual age, enjoy physical activities and be able to wear regular footwear after treatment.
‘I just want to show other parents that it’s nothing to worry about because Rosie has managed to quickly take the steps to recover.
‘My partner, Jamie, and I always say to each other that we’re quite young to have had this pressure on us – it was a lot for us to deal with.
‘I had such a normal pregnancy with our first child, Gracie, so when I was hit with the news about Rosie it was so out of the blue.
‘I was on my own for the scans because of Covid so it was hard to process on my own.
‘I was told that she might never be able to walk if the treatment wasn’t a success.
‘But she’s an amazing little girl and is absolutely smashing it after getting her casts off.’
Lauren found out Rosie had Bilateral Talipes, also known as club foot, during her 20 week scan and 11 days after she was born, her legs were put into casts to help straighten them out.
But the young mum became worried when her baby’s legs weren’t showing any signs of progress after 12 casts.
Mum-of-two Lauren said: ‘I didn’t really know much about club foot so my immediate thought was that she would never be able to walk.
‘I kept having to get scans and at one point doctors thought she also had Edwards’ syndrome, which made me worry even more, but when she was born it turned out she just had club foot.
‘She had 12 casts in one hospital, but it wasn’t really going anywhere so we transferred to a different one where she had just four, before she had them off.
‘Rosie then had a tendon transfer where her achilles tendon was cut to release the foot a little, because she was born with it being too tight.
‘She’s now in boots and bars to further straighten her legs and has surpassed doctors expectations.’
Mum Lauren holding Rosie and dad Jamie holding Gracie. The couple admit they felt overwhelmed by Rosie’s diagnosis, but said they want to reassure other parents that club foot can be treated
Rosie’s mother Lauren admitted she feared club foot would mean her daughter wouldn’t be able to walk, but wants to reassure other parents that it’s nothing to be unduly worried about
Young mother Laurem, 22, admitted that she had no idea what club foot was when it was picked up during her scan while pregnant with Rosie
Rosie pictured with her older sister Gracie before she first started having casts fitted when she was 11 days old
Lauren snapped a photo of baby Rosie beaming while surrounded by her 16 casts after she got them off last Wednesday.
The mum shared it on social media to help make other parents more aware of the deformity.
She added: ‘I’m so proud of how far she’s come in such a short amount of time, it’s amazing.
Rosie now, after having her casts off. She’s defied doctors’ expectations and despite needing to wear special boots, she is expected to hit all her milestones and walk at the usual age
Rosie had a number of casts fitted on her legs to gently train her feet into the correct position. At first her mother feared the treatment wasn’t working, when her baby’s legs weren’t showing any signs of progress after 12 casts
‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to Manchester’s royals children’s hospital for their incredible work.
‘The boot and bar is her next step into being able to walk and she will be in them for twelve weeks.
‘My firstborn, Gracie, began walking at one years old and now that Rosie has been so good in progressing, she will hit milestones like any other baby.
‘It’s nice to know that Rosie will be able to grow up like Gracie, who has been brilliant at helping her baby sister.’