No parent wants to see their child in pain – ever. As the proud father of four incredible daughters, I understand the primal need to protect your children and the heartache that accompanies watching your children when they are hurting and there is nothing you can do to help.
Often, pain is impossible to predict or guard against. But what if we could change that?
Samiya and Naveed Parvez watched their son, Diamo, who suffered from Cerebral Palsy and was quadriplegic, endure painful appointments needed to create a required back brace, hand and leg splints. He had to endure a lengthy and painful process to create his orthosis (external body braces), which were made from Plaster of Paris molds. A process that can be traumatizing to children who can’t communicate. It’s also wet and messy. The molds were sent out to distant facilities and by the time the braces arrived, three to six months later, often they didn’t fit and hurt. They would cause bruising, even tears in his skin.
These remarkable children shouldn’t be in pain from the very braces that are made to help them.
Sadly, Diamo passed away, but his parents were determined to find a better way. But how?
Samiya and Naveed founded Andiamo, a company that provides medical devices to special needs children around the world.
They wanted to find a way to predict problems in the orthosis they were creating and design around them – but they needed help. Quickly, they found Altair and a partnership was born.
Altair was thrilled to welcome them as a customer and provided our simulation software, Altair HyperWorks™, to simulate and predict how the body would react to each device. We took out the guesswork by providing deep understanding and pinpoint analysis of where pain would occur.
Andiamo has a strict rule that they will only do business with companies that share their values, understand their mission and are the best at what they do. Altair fit the bill.
Samiya and Naveed are fundamentally changing the lives of millions of people around the world. I am not only a father to my daughters, but I feel like a father to Altair since I was a co-founder 34 years ago, and I am one proud papa.