No different than most little boys his age at the time, Joseph Morris loved to run, kick, climb, jump and slide.
However, after playing baseball in the yard the summer of 2014 with his family, Joseph started complaining of his hip hurting, and a week later he fussed about having knee pain.
Kerry Morris took her son to their family pediatrician in south Georgia, but he simply advised Kerry and her husband, James, that their then 5-year-old just needed to lay low and stay off his feet for a few weeks. But the knee pain continued to worsen.
Joseph was eventually referred to an orthopedist in a neighboring city. “By this time, it had been about a month and he started getting really bad,” Kerry said. “Joseph would wake up in the morning and could barely walk. I felt like something had to be really wrong. He looked terrible.”
The orthopedist, who admitted to Kerry that he mostly worked with adults, couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her son either, even after performing an X-ray on Joseph’s knee and hip.