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UNBREAKABLE SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Unbreakable is a short documentary portrait focusing on a charismatic young lady Jodie Owen, who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Moving, thought provoking and engaging, Unbreakable is a story that will stay with you well after the credits have ceased.
Winner of Best Documentary 2016 at the Lancaster International Short Film Festival.
Unbreakable Spirit by Sarah Richards
Jacinta’s dream is to become a scientist
Her parents, Lauren and Joe, were told to expect the worst at their 32-week pregnancy scan when their little girl was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a rare and incurable genetic condition also known as Brittle Bone Disease.
“It was a really scary time. We were just waiting, not really knowing what would happen at the end of it all, but in true Jazzy form she proved everyone wrong and exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Lauren said.
Jacinta’s condition is extreme. To date, she has endured treatment for more than 100 fractures. Every breath or movement can cause a bone to break and Jacinta also battles muscle weakness and growth and spinal issues.
For a little girl with so many challenges, Jazzy— as her parents call her—is full of life and high spirits. Now five years old, she lets little stand in her way, and despite being unable to walk, Jacinta loves playing AFL and climbing trees. She continues to defy the odds.
Her parents are in awe of their little girl’s strength and courage.
“Jazzy can do everything that everybody else does— sometimes it just takes a bit more creativity,” Lauren said.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has become a home-away-from-home for Jacinta and her family. Every month, she visits the Hospital to receive bone-strengthening medication and has regular physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, rehabilitation and orthopaedic appointments. This is coupled with the unavoidable hospital admissions, including a recent four-month stay.
Doctors and researchers are working to find better treatments and cures for Jacinta’s condition, among many other conditions which are as of yet incurable, and are hopeful for the future.
“Jacinta has been lucky enough to be born into a time when there’s so much technology and opportunity for new treatments. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of the Hospital,” Lauren said.
With ongoing medical care and treatment, it is hoped that Jacinta’s dream to become a scientist will come true.
Show your support #forsickkids like Jacinta at the Bandaged Bear Appeal, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s major fundraising appeal
Hi everyone! The long awaited documentary about my life, which I always get asked about, is finally doing something! It’s been a long time in the making but it’s been accepted into a Pennsylvanian short film festival and will be played on the 20th October! Depending on how it goes, it may open more doors for future screenings at other festivals, television slots, or who knows, even a regular show if I’m lucky! Lol Anyway, please share this teaser of the film – the girls who made it have worked extremely hard to get it to this point! Enjoy
My experience living with OI
By Julia de Bres, October 2009
Posted on Jul 25, 2016
In 2009 a friend asked me to write down some reflections
about having OI, for her occupational therapy class……… Read more
My name is Abby I’ve been state rep since late 2000’s. Since then our group has grown,
we meet each year for wishbone day, also hold get together throughout the year,
it’s great to catch up with everyone.
I began working for ATO in 2008 and have been disability advisor
in the workplace for the past 2years………. Read more
Hi everyone, my name is Kathleen Barrington (Kat) and I live in Hobart Tasmania. I’m a 29 year old wife to Laurence (35) who has type 1 OI and mother to Matilda (2) who also has type 1 OI. I work part time in an administration and accounts roll and I am also a volunteer Girl Guide leader for my region. As OI runs in my husband’s family we knew there was always chance any children we had would have OI. Within saying that it runs in his family there is only 1 other family member………. Read more
Hi everyone, my name is Fern and I am the State Representative for the OI Society of Australia.
I want to let you know that you aren’t alone here in WA and my objective over the next few years is to understand who is out there in the OI community and how we can support each other here in WA. Until 2012 I did not even know what OI was … read more
Hi my name is Raechel; I am wife to David who has OI type 4. We have been married for 25 years. We have 2 beautiful children, Matthew no OI who is 18 and Sarah 16 years old and has OI type 4. David and I have been part of the OI Society since Matthew was born, 18 years. We have been to conferences in Sydney since Sarah was born. I have been a rep for Qld for a number of years, 11 years in fact. We held the last OI conference in Brisbane, first time in Qld………. Read more
My name is Lynn and I have type 1 OI as does my younger brother. I was born in UK and after many weeks of crying and screaming I was finally diagnoses with a broken femur and at age 3 months and finally with OI. In 1951 my parent’s immigrated to Australia with their 4 children.
Having OI meant there were many difficulties to overcome. Dr’s didn’t know much about treating it, schools didn’t………. Read more
Hi my name is Maria, I am 43 years of age and was born with Type 3 Osteogenesis imperfecta (O.I). OI is normally a genetic condition however no one in my family has had OI. I live in Forest Hill, Melbourne with my husband of nearly 10 years, Troy. I, along with Dee am the Victorian state representative for the OI Society of Australia. Other things that keep me busy include being on the Whitehorse City Council Disability Advisory Committee………. Read more
Contact: Maria or Bernice (Dee) email@example.com
My name is Bernice, nicknamed Dee. I am a 7th generation Type I, OI “graduate”.
I was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1956 and had my first fracture at the grand old age of 5 days. Thankfully I was placed in the care of an orthopaedic specialist who took the time to study up on OI and became my champion and carer.I have been extremely lucky through the years and have met many wonderful people who………. Read more
I had just had my 30th birthday in December 1989.
I was diagnosed with OI……… Read more