Being a parent is never easy, but things can quickly become even more difficult if your child experiences an illness or another kind of health setback. HGTV stars Ben and Erin Napier have been dealing with such a challenge recently, as their daughter was injured while at the park. The Home Town renovation experts are now updating fans and well-wishers on Helen's condition
While 3-year-old Helen isn't a major part of Home Town, she is, of course, a major part of Erin and Ben Napier's lives, so the hosts do speak about her quite frequently, both on their hit series and on social media. But, it was a very unpleasant surprise when Erin Napier revealed on Instagram that the toddler had broken two bones in her leg while playing at a park. Now, the couple has offered some updates, after their fans have come out in force to show support and give them and Helen well-wishes.
Oh, I cannot imagine how scary this must have been for Erin and Ben Napier, and also Helen. It sucks to be sick and / or in pain even a little bit for most of us, so being hurt so badly that you need surgery which requires re-breaking and then resetting bones is probably a completely different level of horror. While I'm sure little Helen had to endure some intense pain after her injury, it sounds like she's now on the mend, which is certainly good to hear.
In Napier's original post about the injury, she said that the family had been having "a fun day at the park" when Helen "stepped wrong at the end of a slide" while on the playground. This led to her breaking both her tibia and fibula, which are the two main bones in the leg. Once Helen was back at home, Napier posted an image of her husband sleeping next to her crib at night, in a sweet photo which appeared to be of the screen for a baby monitor, presumably so that one of them would be right there should she need anything.
In an Instagram Story (via Pop Culture), Ben Napier had shared how difficult it's been for him to film his new Discovery+ series, Home Town: Ben's Workshop, while his daughter is recovering at home. Ben said in that post that he was "trying to act happy and naturally on camera, knowing my little girl is at home hurting," which has to be a sentiment every parent has dealt with at some point and understands all too well.
Luckily, not only is Helen finally feeling better, but a new post from Ben has shown that fans have "sent incredibly thoughtful and sweet gifts" for her, which has probably helped to keep her spirits up as she recuperates.
Right now, neither Erin nor Ben Napier has said how long Helen will need to wear her cast, but a bit of research has told me that the injury typically takes from three to six months to heal in children, so it could be a while. Hopefully, though, she can recover as easily as possible and land on the lower end of that scale.