This is How You Buckeye

By Jason Priestas on March 22, 2013 at 7:03a
Audra Marie O'Dair gets it

Meet Audra Marie O'Dair. Like a lot of other babies, Audra must temporarily wear a corrective helmet – the process is called cranial orthosis – to treat plagiocephaly, or "head flattening" that will sometimes occur due to the soft skulls we all have when we start life.

The corrective helmets have been in use since 1979 and have an established track record of safely and successfully treating plagiocephaly. Thousands of babies each year will wear the helmets for a few months to start their lives, but only Audra is earning helmet stickers for her progress.

[Thanks to Katie for sending this in.]

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BME_Buckeye's picture

As someone who works in the medical field with medical devices, seeing things like this makes me appreciate my career and what I've learned as student even more. Using technologies to improve the lives of humans and having a helping hand in devices like this is a very rewarding experience for both the user and developer. Plagiocephaly is a medical condition I haven't heard of but is very interesting to know they have helmets like this for stabilization during the bone growth phase in development. I'll make sure to forward this on to my friend at Georgia Tech who is in grad school for orthotics. Those Buckeye stickers are cool too! Thanks for sharing staff.

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Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Best thing I will see all day.

SMP's picture

Little cutie and love the Buckeye stickers!  I noticed she is also wearing an amber necklace.  My little guy wore one through the whole teething process and seemed to help. 

Kevbo714's picture

Swing and a miss for the accidental down vote... Especially, for a topic like this

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

That's why we're here: to put a lot more upvotes to cancel it out!

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Baroclinicity's picture

Smile promised, smile achieved.

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rickyu22's picture

Like a BOSS!!!!

TheBadOwl's picture

Seriously, what a cute little badass.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

bodast67's picture

Awesome start to my day ! Go Audra and Go Bucks !




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Kevbo714's picture

*via Internet, necessitated cheek pinch*

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TheBadOwl's picture

Day = brightened.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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BuddhaBuck's picture

Go Audra! Go Bucks!

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Rfahncke's picture

Have you earned your buckeye today?
Audra has!   
This is awesome!

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Grant Edgell's picture

Didn't take her long to lose her black stripe either. Audra sure seems to be way ahead of most Buckeye newcomers already.

partisan's picture

That expression cracks me up. 

hail2victors9's picture

Pretty awesome.  Lil' cutie.

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Grayskullsession's picture

I think my head exploded from cuteness.

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BoFuquel's picture

The personification of BUCKEYE TOUGH! GO BUCKS!

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farmerbuck's picture

That Is Great!! Made My Day!!

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Buckeyejason's picture

That breaks my heart, what a cutie!


Grant Edgell's picture

We know of a guy who would probably tell us all --
"Did you beat Audra's desire to progress today? Did you work as hard as her to get better today?" And if the answer is yes, good, get up tomorrow and continue it and get better. If the answer is no, then you have to ask yourself, Why not? Why not?"

ATT2121's picture

Wonderful story and I wish the best to Audra and family. God Bless


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Kevbo714's picture

Ugh... I am so sorry.  My dominant arm is in a cast after surgery and I accidentally DV'd ya.  This I my 2nd time with a down vote via accident on this thread.  My prayers

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LouGroza's picture

I will give him an upvote to help you. No worries. Get well.

ATT2121's picture

It's all good friend:)   and get well soon


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TMargo's picture

Adorable. Big smiles to start the day!

Triv's picture

Its 11:09 and this little cutie already made my day :)

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Bucks43201's picture

Thank you...needed that smile
cute kid!

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GoBucksToledo's picture

Perfect and thanks for sharing!  Now if they could only make the helmet silver...

Maestro's picture

Beautiful little angel.

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KBonay's picture

Good stuff!  Thank you 11w staff for keeping us grounded and reminding us what is most important.

Poison nuts's picture

Yep - that's beautiful for sure! Great post - thanks!

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MediBuck's picture

Adorable! Those helmet stickers just melted my heart.
Btdubs, the condition is usually not serious, and the orthosis is mostly for cosmetic reasons, since nobody wants a deformed head. With protracted labor from the mom, could be worse, but looks like our little trooper will be just fine. :)

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rlyle6's picture

Every Buckeye is in your corner, Audra! Best wishes!

osu07asu10's picture

Trying to bump this if it was a forum topic. I don't think it is however I was searching for the buckeye babies thread and came across it. Apparently I missed it the first time, as a new father, it got me!

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