A mum has told how she has watched her five-year-old daughter learn to walk four times due to injuries caused by their shared brittle bone condition…
The little one must now avoid running or jumping for fear of breaking her limbs. Stacy Mason, 36, from Evansville, Indiana, was born with Type V osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a brittle bone condition characterised by a susceptibility to fractures – and passed the gene on to her daughter, Paige.
Her little girl broke her first bone at nine months old when she was learning to stand. While trying to pull herself up on a coffee table, she fell down and broke her tibia (shinbone) in her right leg after landing on it. Paige is now five years old and has had 13 fractures already.
At the age of 34, Stacy has experienced over 25 broken bones throughout her lifetime. The first bone break happened at four months old.
Sadly, there is no known cure for the condition from which the mom and daughter suffer. However, various treatments can help slow down the breakdown of the bones. Paige and her mom both visit the hospital regularly to have infusions of bisphosphenates to prevent loss of bone density.