Leggy is­sues for Aotea’s Rota fam­ily

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Life isn’t all hop­ping, skip­ping and jump­ing for three mem­bers of the Rota fam­ily.

Mum Amanda, a teacher, has fo­cal dys­to­nia, a neu­ro­log­i­cal mus­cle con­di­tion that has re­sulted in ab­nor­mal pos­ture for her left an­kle.

She has had it since badly twist­ing her an­kle in 2012 and re­quires a leg brace to ac­com­mo­date her short­ened left calf and an­kle.

A re­cent op­er­a­tion with top or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon Tim Gregg in Septem­ber left plenty of scars as eight ten­dons were ad­justed, but there is hope Rota may one day not have to use the at-times un­com­fort­able brace.

‘‘It [the surgery] was pretty suc­cess­ful and I was in a cast for 12 weeks, which wasn’t fun, but there’s a chance things might come right for me,’’ she said.

She hoped she could take part in Cross­fit a bit more stren­u­ously now.

What’s wor­ry­ing for her, how­ever, is her sons Levi, 9, and Lu­cas, 6, hav­ing leg is­sues of their own.

Lu­cas, who also has mild cere­bal palsy, runs on his toes and his left foot ‘‘flicks in’’ on oc­ca­sion. He is hav­ing con­stant phys­io­ther­apy to com­bat the prob­lem.

Levi, mean­while, has flat feet, and has prob­lems with his calf, ham­strings and gluteal mus­cles.

‘‘They have to do things like sit on chairs at school as­sem­blies, when all the other kids are cross­legged on the floor. ‘‘And while they’re ac­tive kids, they need to take it easy some-

‘‘It's hard for a mum to see your kids in pain but you do what you can.’’

times, know their own lim­its, or their legs just get bone tired and sore.

‘‘It’s hard for a mum to see your kids in pain but you do what you can.’’

She said the boys’ teach­ers at Ad­ven­ture School have been ‘‘phe­nom­e­nal’’ in mak­ing things eas­ier for them.

Rota, whose hus­band is in the Air Force, said school and ‘‘nor­mal kids’ stuff’’ is punc­tu­ated by seem­ingly end­less doc­tors and ph­syio ap­point­ments.

Lu­cas has an MRI soon and there will also likely be ge­netic test­ing to see if Amanda has passed some­thing on to her boys.

She learned of some fam­ily his­tory re­cently, go­ing back a few gen­er­a­tions, where ‘‘leg prob­lems’’ are noted.

‘‘It’s not nice when you think you may have been the re­sult of your chil­drens’ is­sues, but you just have to face it head on.’’


Amanda Rota, with her boys Lu­cas, 6, left and Levi 9, who all have leg prob­lems of one or an­other.

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