Not Even 2, Girl With Juvenile Arthritis Struggles to Walk (VIDEO)

Not Even 2, Girl With Juvenile Arthritis Struggles to Walk (VIDEO)

Toddler with Arthritis Struggles to WalkCampbell Pruden was only 19 months old, just beginning to talk, when she developed a limp and begged to be carried. The only way she could express her pain was to tell her parents, “It’s too tight.”

In 2011, the once energetic toddler was diagnosed and hospitalized with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. At one point, she was taking eight daily medications. She was so afraid of the frequent steroid injections that she had to be put under anesthesia to keep her still enough for the procedure.

“In the beginning when there were all those unknowns, we knew we had to get to the bottom of it,” said her mother, Kim Pruden, a 35-year-old speech pathologist from Phoenix.

“But at the same time, we had to keep that poker face with her to give her the confidence that, ‘You are O.K. and you are going to be O.K.'”

The couple has their “breakdown” moments after Campbell goes to bed at night.

Full story of toddler with arthritis at ABC News

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