River Rocket and Zach Attack – otherwise known as Zach and River Dove London – have travelled all the way from New Zealand to collect their super hero suits from D M Orthotics (DMO) in Redruth.
Born prematurely, the four-year-old twins have different types of cerebral palsy. River’s condition results in uncontrolled muscle movement whilst Zach has just had specialist surgery in London to help correct his muscle spasticity.
The twins’ parents, Jessica and Brett, heard about DMO’s products when they took their sons to Sydney in Australia for intensive physiotherapy. On the lookout for soft orthotics that would be easier to use than brands they’d tried before, the couple liked the look and feel of the DMO sample so much they decided to tie in a trip to Cornwall with Zach’s UK surgery.
“The boys were measured for the suits and we came to Redruth to try them on,” said Jessica. “They fit perfectly.”
To make the suits extra special, two superhero capes were also hand-cut by DMO’s expert staff.
“We really like DMO’s colour options and the capes are amazing,” Jessica continued. “Making the suits fun and appealing means the kids were very excited to put them on. We could see the difference straight away. River’s excess movements significantly reduced and although it’s difficult to assess Zach because he’s only just had his operation, he looks quite strong in the way he is standing.”
Dan Severn is DMO’s Chief Executive Officer. A chartered physiotherapist who specialised in community paediatrics, Dan prescribed the suits for both boys.
“They had very different requirements,” he explained. “River’s prescription focused on hips and pelvic control to help him with his stepping and a lot more panelling was used for his shoulders. Because Zach has just had surgery and we don’t know how rehabilitation is going to affect his development over the next few months, we went for a very minimal prescription.
“With his suit on, River’s movements immediately slowed down and he was more confident walking. Zach’s suit has given him increased truncal and core stability – enabling him to crawl and walk more than he has done since his operation, which is a huge positive.”
Dan gave the family a personal tour of the Redruth factory during their visit and introduced them to the staff involved in making their new orthoses.
“It was a privilege to welcome them here,” said Dan.
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DMO products are manufactured using an elastometric fabric to ensure a close fit that helps build muscle tone. The company currently exports to 26 countries worldwide and members of the GB Paralympic team are ambassadors for the brand.
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