Please be praying for the Howeth family!

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Ethan Howeth will have surgery this week. You may be wondering what will be happening. I know that you love him and pray for him and the entire Howeth family. Mrs. Stacey just sent me this link. It will let you know what he will be going through this week and over the next few months.

Here are a few excerpts from the page and you can click here and read the rest.

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What are they used for?

They are used to lengthen and/or thicken bone and to correct deformity such as clubfoot by altering the position of bones and soft tissue. Frames are also used to repair fractures, especially ‘non-union’ fractures where the fractured bone doesn’t meet.

The bone is cut around the outside, leaving the central core containing the marrow intact. This is known as a corticotomy. A series of metal circular rings are placed around the area to be treated. The rings are attached to the bone at intervals by wires. The rings are connected to each other by rods which contain screws or nuts. By adjusting the screws a small amount each day, the rings are gradually moved apart from each other for lengthening or in a certain direction for correction of the angle of growth.

The treatment lasts several months and will be a massive commitment for all members of the family, and you are bound to have ups and downs during this time. Try and keep things as normal as possible for all the family. Take care of yourself, getting rest and short breaks when you can. Do whatever you know helps you to stay well and focussed, as you will have to call on your resources over a long time. If friends and relatives offer to help, take advantage of this to keep housework ticking over and other children cared for, so that you can spend your time with your family or have time to yourself. If you think it would help to speak to another parent whose child has been through similar treatment, the steps family contact register should be able to put you in touch with someone.