Infantile scoliosis. It’s not entirely life-threatening. In fact, many children who have been diagnosed with the disease can have a normal quality of life with the proper treatment. However, there is a treatment time, and if you know anything about children, it’s that they aren’t exactly the most patient people in the world.
I write that to introduce you to Parker Juricek. In March, 2015, at the age of 2, little Parker was diagnosed with infantile scoliosis. The condition is still a mystery to modern medicine as to what are the causes. But there are effective treatments to the disease, and one of them is being fitted with a full torso cast. That was in March. Fast forward a few months and we are in the heart of summer, when kids are out running through sprinklers, racing down waterslides, and frolicking at the local pool. Parker’s mom, Jonelle, didn’t want her to miss any of the summer fun. So she decided to do something wonderful for her daughter. She looked for a dry suit manufacturer who could customize a suit for Parker. Here’s Jonelle in her own words…
Parker is a 2 year old girl diagnosed with infantile scoliosis in March of 2015. She had one treatment option with was being casting. The casting process / technique is Mehta Casting and lasts for approximately a year. The cast is a full torso cast going from her chest to her hip and is changed every two months. The cast is made of plaster and fiberglass and and unable to get wet. As you can imagine having a two year in Texas who loves to swim, play in the water, and take baths this was going to be a game changer. After this settled in, I started focusing on how can she play in the water instead of she can’t play in the water. After multiple Google searches, I was empty handed. Then I thought wait what about a dry suit….do they make those for toddlers? (I am an open water diver. I have never dove in a dry suit but know about them.) That’s when I found a similar USIA Angel story about another little girl with the same condition as Parker who was able to enjoy the lake with her family. At that point, I just emailed and ask your customer service department to ask if your company would be willing to customize a suit for a 2 year old. They then placed me in touch with Lana. USIA was a complete blessing to Parker’s summer. Although the suit is not the most enjoyable article to put on, once Parker has it on and is able to swim, the rest is history. She is the smiling, water loving, happy toddler! Our family can’t thank USIA enough for giving our angel the gift of a USIA dry suit and allowing her to become a USIA Angel.
Jonelle and Parker, we at USIA have warm hearts knowing that you are happy with your new dry suit. We can’t begin to put into words what it means to us. Please have fun, be safe and, most of all, Godspeed on Parker’s recovery.