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Mum of Britain’s biggest family Sue Radford reveals she has braved the hospital to take newborn Heidie in for a hip scan

SUE Radford has braved the hospital with newborn daughter Heidie so that the tot can have a hip scan.

The mum-of-22 took to the family’s YouTube channel where she revealed her worries for the newborn’s hips.

The eight-week-old’s scan will look for signs of DDH, or developmental dysplasia of the hip.

The condition occurs when a baby or young child’s hip joint doesn’t form properly, leading to hip pain and osteoarthritis in later years.

If the baby is diagnosed with DDH then they will be treated by wearing a fabric harness called a pavlik harness.

This secures both of your baby's hips in a stable position and allows them to develop normally.

Sue, from Morecambe, Lancs, said: “I don’t know if any of you can remember but quite a few of our children have had to go in the hip harness.

“Noel had hip problems when he was a baby so they always check that their hips are ok.”

The mum of Britain’s biggest family admitted that they had been struggling to get an appointment during the pandemic but luckily she had been squeezed in.

“Fingers crossed that she doesn’t need this harness, because a few of them have had to have it and I’m really hoping she doesn’t have to,” Sue said as she arrived at the hospital.

But luckily despite the family history of the condition it seems that Heidie is developing well.

Sue said: “It went really well. It’s not dislocated or anything, it's just slightly under the degree where they wanted it to be, but it doesn’t look like she’s going to need a hip harness anyway.”

She revealed that they are expecting the consultant to call and do another rescan in another five weeks.

The mum added: “I’m really really relieved that Heidie doesn’t have to wear a hip harness which is brilliant, as you know Bonnie did and quite a few of ours did.

“Hopefully when she goes back in five weeks it will be fine, she just said they look a bit immature, but it was nothing really.”

The super-mum lives with husband Noel, 48, and their 21 kids.

The couple famously don’t claim any benefits apart from Child Benefit and rely on Noel’s bakery business to make ends meet.

The Radfords are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 25, Chloe, 23, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 18, Millie, 17, Katie, 16, James, 15, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, seven, Casper, six, Hallie, three, Phoebe, two, Archie 18 months, and Bonnie, one.

They also have three grandchildren - who are Sophie's kids - Daisy, six, Ayprill, four, and Leo, two.

In other news, Sue and Noel claimed that they don't want any more kids - and they are 100 per cent done.

And Sue created an amazing outdoor movie night for her bumper brood in lockdown.

Plus the Radfords revealed the chaos of going on a huge family walk during lockdown.

Britain's biggest family the Radfords go shopping for a new arrival and reveal they have owned 'at least 30 prams' for their children on 21 Kids And Counting

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