Brave South Shields toddler to help others as part of Great North 10k – months after hip surgery

Two-year-old Eva Swinbanks is set to raise money and awareness for a hip dysplasia charity in an event in Gateshead in July.
Two-year-old Eva Swinbanks is set to raise money and awareness for a hip dysplasia charity in an event in Gateshead in July.

A toddler from South Tyneside is on the right track for a full recovery as she gets set to take part in a charity event this summer.

Little Eva Swinbanks, of Harton Lane, is to participate in the Simplyhealth Great North Toddler Dash on Sunday, July 9.

Eva Swinbanks, 2 and her cousin Caitlin.

Eva Swinbanks, 2 and her cousin Caitlin.

It will come just months after the two-year-old was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip, which forced her to have surgery and spend 12 weeks in a spica cast.

Since the operation, with the support of mum Natalie and dad Philip, Eva has had to learn to walk again.

The family has been greatly helped through the ordeal by hip dysplasia charity Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) UK, who Eva will be raising funds for in the event at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Eva’s grandmother, Judith Swinbanks, said: “Eva was just 22 months old when she had the hip operation, and has only been out of the plaster for about four weeks.

We’re really hoping to raise some funds and awareness for the charity, because it has been such a great help to the family since Eva had the operation

Judith Swinbanks

“She’s getting better, but has had to learn how to walk all over again.

“We’re really hoping to raise some funds and awareness for the charity, because it has been such a great help to the family since Eva had the operation.

“Not many people know about the charity, or the condition, but it’s more common than people think.

“It’s vital that parents are aware of what needs to be done if there’s a problem with their child’s walking.”

Eva Swinbanks, 2.

Eva Swinbanks, 2.

Natalie found DDH UK after turning to the internet for information.

The advice and support they provided helped the family get through surgery and the time in cast.

The toddler dash is part of the Simplyhealth Great North 10k, taking place in Gateshead.

Up to 100 children up to the age of three will take part in the dash, which will be over 70 metres on the athletics track at the stadium.

Eva Swinbanks, 2 and her cousin Caitlin.

Eva Swinbanks, 2 and her cousin Caitlin.

Eva’s condition came to light after she started limping on her left leg, and after an X-ray was carried out, it was discovered she had a full dislocation of her hip.

However, her and the family are now able to look forward.

Judith added: “Eva’s doing the toddle with her mum, and she loved getting her first taste of the event yesterday.

“She’s so young and it has been such a difficult time for her and the family, but it’s great that we can look forward now.”

Entries are open for the 10km, toddler dash and family run at greatnorth.org/north10k