Elizabeth Adams

Grant Provides Special Car Seats for Kids With Femur, Pelvic Injuries

Published: Apr 21, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2014) - To an outdoor-loving, tree-climbing 4-year-old boy, six weeks of summer immobilized in a spica cast is an eternity.

 

This was the case for Ford Francis of Worthington, Ky., who suffered a high break to his femur bone while camping with his grandfather last summer. A tumble across the entrance of a tent sent him to the local emergency room, and then to Kentucky Children's Hospital for urgent care. Ford’s fractured leg was set and held with a spica cast that went from his legs to his chest, limiting his mobility and making car transport almost impossible with a regular car seat.

 

As part of a program offered by Kentucky Children's Hospital, Ford's family received a car seat specially designed for young children with spica casts. These car seats, which can cost as much as $500 and aren't available in retail stores, are provided to families to make safe transport possible for children recovering from femur and pelvis injuries.

 

Ford's mom, Kristen Francis, said the car seat allowed her to take Ford out of the house during his six-week recovery period. Car trips to restaurants and to the toy shop were mood-boosters for Ford, who really wanted to play with his friends outdoors.

 

"It made his life seem a little bit more normal," Kristen Francis said of the car seat.

 

The Kentucky Children's Hospital obtained a grant from the Children's Miracle Network last year to purchase 10 special car seats per year for children who required spica casts. The program supplies a car seat to spica cast patients as young as infants to 6 years of age.

 

Before Kentucky Children's Hospital received the grant supporting the program, getting a child in a spica cast home was a dilemma for many families. Dr. Todd Milbrandt, program director for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, said patients had the option to purchase a special car seat out-of-pocket or request an ambulance ride home. The only other alternative was transporting children in a car without proper safety restraints, which was strongly discouraged.

 

Milbrandt expressed concern about the safety of the children during return trips for follow-up care. Providing the car seat service to patients ensures all children will have the proper four-point restraint while riding in a car in a spica cast.

 

"Of course, some of our families can't afford a brand new car seat," Milbrandt said. "We were worried kids who were hurt were being transferred home unsafely or by an ambulance, which is very expensive."

 

Milbrandt said a child's inhibited mobility during a spica cast recovery can be a source of stress for both parents and the injured child. The ability to get out of the house can help reduce some of that stress.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

ford_in_cast_1.jpgford_in_car_seat.jpg
December
 
1
Resumes and Cover Letters
Circle of Love Gift Return
Mon
2
UK Guitar Studio
Circle of Love Gift Return
Tue
3
Networking and Job Search
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Wayne's World
Study Sounds: Classical Concert
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Frozen
Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Live Screening of Orion Spacecraft Re-entry
Massage on the Go
Thu
5
LNFS Presents: Winter's Bone
LNFS Presents: Gremlins
Open Studio
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Fri
6
Snow Skiing @ Perfect North Slopes
Sat
7
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Sun
8
Undergraduate Research Information Session "How to Find a Faculty Mentor"
Mon
9
Job Club - Identifying Your Skills
Paws for Stress Relief
Tue
10
 
Wed
11
 
Thu
12
Last Day of Classes
Fri
13
 
Sat
14
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Finals Treats
Sun
15
Final Exams
Crunch Brunch
Mon
16
Final Exams
Jazzy Holiday Concert
Tue
17
Final Exams
Caregiver Support Group
Wed
18
Final Exams
Thu
19
Final Exams
End of 2014 Fall Semester
Fri
20
 
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
 
Mon
23
 
Tue
24
 
Wed
25
 
Thu
26
 
Fri
27
 
Sat
28
 
Sun
29
 
Mon
30
 
Tue
31
 
Wed
 
 
 
Jan 14
Bicycle Trivia 01/14/2015

Wed, 01/14/2015

Fri, 01/16/2015

Wed, 01/21/2015

Reset Page