At a 23 week pregnancy plan, doctors discovered baby Josh was missing a few vertebrae in his back and had developed club feet. After being referred to specialist doctors, Josh’s parents were advised it was likely their baby boy would have a disability called Caudal Regression Syndrome.
Beautiful baby Josh was born four weeks early, where his diagnosis was confirmed – he suffered from sacral agenesis / caudal regression syndrome. He also had a wide range of medical issues including an extra pair of ribs, several vertebral anomalies, a hole in his heart, a missing tailbone, a shortened spinal cord, dislocated hips, shortened femurs, no knee caps, bilateral club feet and more. Josh spent the first two weeks of his life in hospital, as doctors and specialists helped him start life as comfortably and successfully as possible.
Josh has endured so much to combat his disability, including feet correction operations and serial casting to help position his feet. Due to his bladder issues, Josh also has a neurogenic bladder, requiring intermittent catheterisation. Thankfully, the hole in Josh’s heart fixed itself, and he didn’t require more surgery.
As Josh has grown older, he has learned to embrace his medical condition, and has adapted his lifestyle to suit his individual needs and abilities. Josh is an extremely multi-talented child, having completed and won prizes in several competitions and races including BMX, swimming, wheelchair moto-x, Spartan Kids, Bridge to Brisbane and the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. He proudly (and easily) performs push ups to showcase his upper body strength and continues to exceed every goal he sets himself.
Josh visits our children’s hospital twice a year for check ups, but is often spotted doing wheelies in his wheelchair, outperforming himself with push ups, or singing a catchy tune.