Izzy is 12 years old and in the 6th grade. She likes hip-hop dance, choir, soccer, and is very busy for a young, almost teenager. One of her favorite activities is the rodeo. She started at 3 years old with her dad leading the horse as she rode. Now she rides independently and this year she is attending bigger rodeos! Her goal is to participate in the Indian National Finals Rodeo.
Izzy was born with arthrogryposis – which means some of her joints in her hands don’t move much and are bent in one position, but Izzy has a super strong trunk and leg strength to help her do things that she does not have the hand strength to do. As a baby, she was able to just pop up without the use of her hands, because she was so strong in her trunk and legs!
A Children’s Village physical therapist and a specialist from Seattle Children’s Hospital came to meet Izzy and her mom in the hospital when Izzy was just 2 days old. At two weeks old she had tiny splints on her hands and started services at Children’s Village. By the time she was 4 years old, she had figured out her own way to do most everything and graduated from physical therapy.
Today, Izzy is back at Children’s Village, working with an occupational therapist on how to develop stronger hand and finger control, and for tasks like buttoning and zipping clothing. Her biggest challenge is when she has hands-on activities at school or movements that require hands during her choir performances. Izzy’s mom is amazed at what she can do and Izzy won’t be limited by what she can’t do!