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IMAGINE NEEDING A TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT…AT AGE 12


Thalia Salt

Many of our supporters live with a musculoskeletal condition. You probably know from your own experience what it’s like when simple things such as getting out of bed in the morning or putting on shoes is painful and difficult.

Now imagine feeling this as a teenager – knowing this is the time of your life when you are meant to be in your physical prime.

Thalia was just a baby when she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

“I’m 14 years old and have lived with severe osteoarthritis since I was 10 months old. By the time I was eight I had the hip of a 75 year old.

Despite several surgeries, I ended up in a wheelchair because of the disease that most people don’t think kids can get.”

A common myth is that only older people get arthritis. People are shocked to hear that young people – even children – can suffer from musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis. The physical pain is hard enough, then to carry the emotional burden on top at such a crucial age for social development is tough

“Growing up with a musculoskeletal condition is incredibly lonely. I have never met anyone my age with osteoarthritis or a hip replacement. I was the only person in my primary school in a wheelchair and it was hard for teachers and students to understand my condition.”

We need your help to support young people like Thalia who are going through a terribly hard time.

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