Help Hudson Get Back on His Feet
Organized by: Jeff Brannon
ALMOST HALFWAY THERE! Thank you so much for the Outpouring of Support for Hudson!
March 31, 2016
Hudson Townsend of Yorba Linda, CA, was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency, or PFFD. This rare birth defect affects the pelvis, hip bone and the proximal femur bone and causes one leg to be shorter than the other.
By the age of two-and-a-half, the discrepancy in Hudson’s legs was already 6-centimeters. After several extremely painful attempted and failed surgeries in Southern California, Hudson, now age 10, was left with an 11-centimeter discrepancy, greater than when he started. At this point, Hudson’s doctors were convinced that all lengthening options had been exhausted and recommended amputation as a last resort.
As a mother, Lisa refused to accept this conclusion and began research which led her to Dr. Paley at the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. In August of 2012 Hudson and Lisa traveled to the Paley Institute for a second opinion. Dr. Paley didn’t understand why other doctors recommended amputation and agreed that Hudson certainly was a candidate for limb lengthening.
Though Hudson was a candidate for the surgery, Dr. Paley knew it would be an uphill battle for Hudson as well as for Lisa. The first of several very painful surgeries was scheduled for December 2013, in which the hardware from the last attempt was removed. The surgery was a success and the first of the lengthening surgeries was scheduled for the following November.
By the time Hudson was ready for his first lengthening surgery at the Paley center at age 14, the discrepancy, which began as 2.5 centimeters, had grown to 13-centimeters! During this first surgery Dr. Paley installed an internal lengthening device called a Precice which is a screw inserted into the femur that uses external magnets to lengthen his leg internally. The surgery was a success and Hudson began lengthening his leg by almost a centimeter a day with the goal of gaining 8-centimeters of new bone length. In order to keep his range of motion, they attended physical therapy for 3 hours every day while remaining in Florida. The Townsends returned home to California after spending 4-months in Florida and sent X-rays to Dr. Paley every 6-weeks so progress could be monitored. After the bone began to solidify they had to travel back to the Paley Institute to have the Precice removed and have a temporary rod put in it’s place.
After this first round of successful life-changing lengthening surgeries, Hudson gained 7-centimeters of new bone. Now at age 14, there is still a 7-centimeter discrepancy and at least one more round of surgeries will be required. Currently the family is scheduled to have the surgery in summer or fall 2016.
Through all of this Hudson remained positive and determined. He plays water polo and little league baseball and decided, at an early age, that nothing is going to stand in his way. Hudson is a normal young man who attends high school in Yorba Linda, California and has one of the most positive attitudes of anyone you will ever meet.
Lisa is a single parent and cannot work when they travel to Florida for the surgery, she can only care for Hudson. Yet she is still responsible for maintaining two households while caring for Hudson in Florida for 4-6 months at a time. This would be very costly for any family but is exacerbated for a single-parent family.
The Townsend family appreciates your generosity in helping them with their expenses. All donations go to the Help Hudson Fund to help Hudson get both feet on the ground.
Breaking down the $24,384 in expenses:
Florida Costs for 4 Months During Treatment
Rental Car $1,400
Emergency Reserve $1,500
California Expenses for 4 Months While in Florida
Cable / Internet $680
Car Payment $1,576
Car Insurance $356
Cell Phone $540
Emergency Reserve $2,000