A family’s journey with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) typically starts when a baby’s pediatrician hears a click in her hips. The next steps often include an ultrasound and a follow-up with an orthopedic surgeon, perhaps a pediatric hip specialist.
Thirty-something moms Tosha LoSurdo and Jessica Rohrick have been friends since college. In 2015, both learned they were pregnant for the first time. They thought they might share similar sagas as new moms — diapers, sleepless nights and teething. They didn’t expect to bond over infant hip dysplasia.
When Dr. Eduardo Novais was growing up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, his main hobbies were soccer and capoeira — a martial art that originated in Africa and blends dance, acrobatics and music. “There was a fair amount of prejudice in Brazil when I was a child. I hung out with a lot of Afro-Brazilian kids, which helped me not see color in people,” says Novais.
Eduardo Novais — At a glance
Favorite childhood book, game or hobby:
capoeira and soccer
Advice for 10-year-old self:
“Never be afraid to explore.”
Favorite way to relax:
Novais tries to make it home every night in time for bath time and story time with his children Arthur, 3 and Sophia, 5. They also love playing soccer together.
Though soccer and capoeira set the stage for some lifelong friendships, Novais tended to dodge his friends when they were flirting with trouble. “I never broke many rules. I wouldn’t jump from a high tree or do anything before my friends did. I was always extra careful.”
There’s one exception to Novais’ aversion to risk — his professional life. Novais bounced from Brazil to Boston to Denver and back to Boston as he pursued his dream of becoming a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, specializing in caring for babies, children and young adults with hip conditions.
And today, the man who confesses to measuring every move he makes has some simple advice for his own children and his patients. “Don’t be afraid of failing. You’ll learn a lot more from failing than from not failing.”