Dr. Alaric Aroojis: Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bone Disease

    Zahraa Thani is a 12 year old Iraqi girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle bone disease, a rare skeletal disease where the bones fracture repeatedly & heal with severe deformities.

    When Zahraa first presented to us, she had severe bowing deformities of both lower limbs and had not stood independently or walked for 7 years. She underwent corrective osteotomies of all 4 bones of her leg and rodding with a customized telescoping rod (Sheekh kebab surgery). 2 months post-surgery, her osteotomies have healed well, the legs are completely straight, and she is able to stand and walk for the first time in 7 years. She has now been started on special medication to strengthen her bones further.

    The parents are thrilled with the result and very grateful to the hospital for the care she has received over the past 2 months. This is a very rare and complex surgery, performed in very centres in India and highlights the need for multi-disciplinary care including Paediatric Orthopaedics, Paediatric Endocrinology & Paed Rehabilitation.