The Hailey Herald

The Hailey Herald

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


We frequently hear, "Get that girl in gymnastics" or "I wish I could do that" in regards to Hailey's flexibility.  It is due to her having Down syndrome.  Many children with Down syndrome have ligament laxity, which translates to ligaments that are too loose.  We have to be careful that she doesn't hurt herself because of these loose ligaments.  Many children we know have had hip surgery due to their hip instability.

As a result of these ligaments, Hailey can sit in positions that make typical people cringe and she can move her limbs in ways that makes you question she has bones.  We have also been known to say, "We don't use our feet for our fork", "We don't comb our hair with our toes", and "Can you please take your feet off the table".  Here are a few examples of her flexibility:

Jason said the angle of her arms in this one looks quite uncomfortable.

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