A Haslemere woman who has defied expectations for almost 20 years, is being helped in her recovery by a unique orthosis made by Dorset Orthopaedic.
Laura Wright, 41, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2001 and while the first operation was deemed a success — in the years that followed she ran the London Marathon and married her husband, Rob — a second operation was required in 2004. During this surgery, she suffered a massive stroke, affecting her motor function on her right side as well as her peripheral vision in her right eye.
In the meantime, her tumour was still growing, so in 2005 she travelled to America with Rob and her parents to get proton therapy to halt its growth. Thankfully, this was successful, so when she returned home she could concentrate on improving her mobility and regaining her independence — and being a mum to her two boys, who are now ten and seven years old.
Laura did not like wearing the rigid orthoses she had been prescribed, so when Dorset Orthopaedic’s SAFO was mentioned, she wanted to find out more.
She said: “I will never forget the first time I went to the clinic. They said I probably wasn’t suitable for a SAFO because my knee hyperextended too much but I was determined not to give up. I went away, worked really hard on my physio and got fitter and eventually I could have one.
“I love my SAFO, it’s like a second skin, and it is very comfortable. I have been swimming in it and have been skiing in it in Switzerland. It helps me be much more active.”
Dorset Orthopaedic, has clinics in Ringwood and Burton-on-Trent, are SAFO specialists who can make these unique orthoses in seven different skin tones for a discreet fit, or in a colour or pattern of your choice. The SAFO allows for a more natural foot and ankle action, lifts the foot while walking, improves balance, and is easy to fit, clean and maintain. It can also be worn with our without a shoe.