Hudson Townsend's Story
Hudson was born with a rare disorder known as Congenital Femoral Deficiency, stunting his left leg at five inches shorter than his right. After numerous unsuccessful surgeries in California since birth to correct his condition, Hudson, now 21 yrs. old had another successful surgery performed by Dr. Paley in May 2021. During this surgery Dr. Paley lengthened Hudson’s Achilles’ tendon and lowered the arch in his foot. A screw was placed in his ankle and foot to keep at a 90-degree angle. Hudson’s is close to the end of his journey and only has a few more surgeries to complete a long hard fight to Walking Tall.
The journey has been long for both Hudson and his mom Lisa. Physicians in the Orange County area informed Lisa that the best scenario for Hudson at a young age was to amputate his left leg. Not accepting this conclusion, Lisa fought long and hard with the insurance company to give Hudson a chance of an active normal life. After years of court battles, they were granted the approval to have Hudson’s future surgeries at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute. . Hudson began this journey in December 2013, with Dr. Dror Paley, who is internationally renowned for his approach to limb lengthening. With four successful surgeries, Dr. Paley, was able to lengthen Hudson’s leg a total of 17 centimeters.Hudson spent several months doing intense physical therapy so he could regain normal range of motion and muscle mass. This all can be extremely challenging for him at times, but he always looks at the positive side and the final outcome.
Insurance and State funding cover some of the costs, but nowhere near enough. Lisa, a single parent, must take a leave of absence from her job during each surgery to care for Hudson. Every surgery is difficult, with a recovery and rehabilitation period of up to a year. Travel expenses to Florida and monthly expenses in California continue during Hudson's four-month rehabilitation in Florida. Your participation in this tournament will help Hudson ease the expenses for the surgery and rehabilitation.
There is still a long road ahead for Hudson, but with every surgery he is that much closer to WALKING TALLER!!