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03-14-2004, 09:24 AM
My name is Heather and I have a 6yr old with severe infantile scoliosis. We are currently maintaining her severe curves with serial corrective plaster casts.
In 2002, we created a website called infantilescoliosis.com in effort to share our story, and the success of the halo cast treatment that my daughter "Olivia," had undergone.
It was obvious at the time, that there were more patients out there searching for up to date care.
The site allowed me to make connections with families and doctors from all over the world. Thank goodness for the internet!
In 2002, I was introduced to Dr. Min Mehta from The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, England who had recently retired.
Dr. Mehta has an org in England called Arise. This org is dedicated to the early treatment of progressive infantile scoliosis with serial corrective plaster casts. Dr. Mehta has straightened over 100 infants/young children with progressive infantile scoliosis and has followed their progress for over 10 years. They remain straight.
This successful non surgical treatment for infants/young children with progressive infantile scoliosis was the inspiration for the development of the Arise Foundation in the U.K., and has also prompted the development of their sister org in the U.S., called The Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program (I.S.O.P.) in 2003. I.S.O.P is currently collaborating with Arise, The Shriners in SLC, and Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, to make this superior treatment available to more families in the U.S.
I.S.O.P. is also distributing an informational video that was produced by Arise(our sister org) and their constituents, on the effects of early treatment with plaster casts. All proceeds go to the Arise Foundation.
Please check out infantilescoliosis.com for more success stories, a very active support group, and the video.


Heather Hyatt
Executive Director
The Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program