Madison Fairchild complained to her parents about a “bruise” since she was 3 years old. However, her mother Kristen Fairchild remained unable to find a mark or any traces of injury and never clearly understood what her child felt.
"Every time we bumped it she would scream or start crying," Fairchild said. After a month of constant complaints of pain, Fairchild took Madison in for a checkup.
An X-ray and MRI revealed that the veins in her leg were majorly tangled up, leading to the pain.
"We’ve never heard of such a thing," Fairchild said, recalling that doctors told the family there was little they could do except treatments aimed at minimizing pain or temporarily diminishing the veins.
Fairchild tried various pain management techniques and therapy but nothing seemed to have a long-term effect.
"For the first few years, she was able to move around, [but] she constantly skipped because she couldn’t bear a lot of weight on that front leg," Madison's mom said. "She would always walk on her right toe because anytime she extended her leg it would cause those muscles to contact around the malformation and would cause pain."
Interestingly, in 2014, a radiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital thought up a possible solution through sclerotherapy, injecting a detergent-like substance into the child’s veins. Unfortunately, the treatment only made things worse and the child’s leg contract to a 90-degree angle to the point where she could not straighten it out.
But soon enough a pediatric otolaryngology physician at Seattle Children's Hospital , Dr. Jonathan Perkins, discussed the possibility of a new treatment using medical-grade superglue.
"It allows us to remove affected tissue by sparing normal tissue around it," Perkins said about the procedure.
After undergoing two of the experimental procedures, Madison’s malformations from the leg were removed, resulting in significant improvement.
Four days later she began to walk without trouble.
"She’s not afraid to run," Fairchild said. "She’s able to run with her friends now at recess."
Three cheers for Perkins, who helped restore Madison's carefree childhood and brought about the innovation of a new technique to help others with similar problems.