Giving back: Ian and Renée Sharpe, with children Lachlan and Ava, will be running in the City2Surf to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.The first time a baby picks up a ball or waves goodbye are moments parents cherish.
When 16-month-old Lachlan Sharpe used his prosthetic arm to do those simpletasks, his parents were overwhelmed.
His mother, RenéeSharpe said it waswonderful to see Lachlan pick up a ball with both hands and play using his prosthetic arm.
“When he wears his prosthetic arm, he can do the same activities as any other child. If he is going to topple overhe uses the arm to break his fall,’’ she said.
“Lachlan’samputated arm hasn’t held him back.”
Proud: Ian Sharpe was overwhelmed when he saw his son Lachlan do simple tasks using a prosthetic arm. Pictures: Anna Warr
Lachlan was born with a condition known as amniotic band syndrome.
The condition, which is caused when the baby becomes entangled in the amniotic bands, meant that Lachlan’s right arm was amputated by the band when he was still in the womb.
He was born without a right hand and forearm and wasalso born 10 weeks premature.
“Lachlan fought to stay alive each day after he was born and that put his amputation in perspective. My husband and I said,‘it is only an arm, we just want him to make it through another day’,” Mrs Sharpe said.
Lachlan was fitted with a prosthetic arm at nine-months-old and his mother said he hadadapted well to using it.
“The point of having the prosthetic arm fitted at such a young age was to get Lachlan used to having that limb there,” Mrs Sharpe said.
The Leumeah residentsaid Lachlan could decide when he was older whetherhe wanted to use his prosthetic arm.
“I sometimes worry about when Lachlan goes to school because he will be different from other children but as he grows I hope he will be confident in himself and his skills,” Ms Sharpe said.
“Lachlan has already done so well and knowing his confidentpersonality and drive, I know he will be able to overcome any obstacle.”
The mother of twosaid her son was about to start walking and was a speed demon when he crawled.
“Lachlan is still young but it is amazing to watch what he can do.I hope he will adapt to his amputation even more when he gets older,” Mrs Sharpe said.
“If there is something Lachlancan’t do then we have the team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to guide and help him.”
Both Mrs Sharpe and her husband Ian are running in the City2Surf marathon on August 14 aspart of Team Bandaged Bear.
The parents decided to run in the racenot only to thank the staff for the care they have given their sonbut also to raise much needed funds for the hospital.
The Sharpe’shave already raised more than $3500 and hope to raiseeven more by race day.
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