Eight-year-old Callahan was not diagnosed with pseudoachondroplasia until right before his third birthday. While his growth had slowed, his first real symptoms were severe leg pains. The once active child began to cry frequently at night and beg to get into a warm bath.

Initially suspected to have rickets, specialists later determined that he had a rare skeletal dysplasia. Coming to terms with this condition is often a process for parents and it was for his family. Callahan had no real symptoms his first years of life. He hit all his milestones early–in fact the earliest of his siblings to roll over, sit and walk.

A very bright boy, Callahan started kindergarten this year and loves his school work and his classmates. He is outgoing, happy and has the biggest smile you will ever see. He is also playing his first season of soccer, wanting to follow in his big brother’s footsteps, and while he sometimes seems to be frustrated because he can’t keep up with the other kids, he always gives it his all.

The hardest part of this condition is watching your child endure the pain, and Callahan’s parents are grateful to be helping raise funds for the University of Texas in hopes of finding therapies to help reduce the pain and joint problems associated with pseudoachondroplasia.

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