I am Samiya the COO-Founder of Andiamo and mother of Diamo, the inspiration for our company.This Thunderclap and your support has been an incredible way to bring attention to our crowdfunding campaign launch.
I want to share with you why we are so driven to launch this new service and why your support is so critical.
On March 4th 2003 our world was turned upside down when due to medical negligence Diamo was born severely disabled.
As his parents we did everything possible to make his life as comfortable as possible but were continuously frustrated by the poor choice and quality of equipment available. He required multiple orthoses including a back brace
, hand splints, and ankle splints
. This took between 3-13 weeks to come back and often didn't fit because he had already outgrown them. Without them we could become house bound as he was unable to sit unaided without his back brace meaning he couldn't go in his wheelchair or in a car seat.
We continuously looked for better approaches and products but realised that everything we could find tended to be variations on the same ugly designs, slow production, and minimal customisation.
Realising that 3D printing and scanning may change some of this we started to look into companies that could offer this, but could not find any beyond a few one off projects.
On his 9th birthday Diamo suddenly and unexpectedly passed away due to complications from cerebral palsy.
A year after he passed we realised that perhaps we could use the pain we had been through to create a company to alleviate some of the systemic problems in the orthotics service.Andiamo was born
.Since then we've been on the Bethnal Green Venutres accelerator, created multiple prototypes, been supported by EMC, presented at Solidcon, been chosen as one of the top 12 startups in Europe, been begged by parents to scan their children for an orthotic, and unfortunately seen wait times increase to 6 months for orthotics.
Through this process we've become obsessed with rethinking how orthotics can be designed and produced. Making them beautiful and reducing wait times from 6 months to 48 hours.
The image above is a real 3D scan of a young woman, the back brace is one example of what we're able to do.
We know that health care services can be designed and delivered with empathy and beauty, if we design and create with the people that live through this every day.
We can do it better.Become a pre-pledger, and join us on this journey.