As a toddler, Hailey would often cry in pain throughout the night. When she stopped walking, her parents knew it was more than growing pains. Their persistence helped Hailey get the care she needed.
Hailey Camp was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) just two weeks before her third birthday. Her parents, Gordon and Jessica had spent many months wondering what was wrong when Hailey wasn’t walking and cried all night in pain.
Jessica continued to take her to her primary care doctor but was told it was growing pains. Jessica would give her Tylenol to help with the pain, but it didn’t seem to work. One night, Hailey was crying so badly and had a high fever. When she helped her daughter up, Jessica noticed both knees were the size of softballs, so she rushed her the hospital, which is where Hailey received her diagnosis.
Hailey’s parents were in shock to hear a toddler could have JRA. They later learned Hailey also suffered with anxiety due to all the pain she has endured. She was also recently diagnosed with malicious malalignment. This causes her additional joint pain since everything below her hips is out of alignment.
Now 10 years old, Hailey is going strong. She is a very determined little girl, and nothing slows her down.