Diagnosis: cerebral palsy, spastic tetraplegia
Expectations after the rehabilitation: the child will be able to take the stairs, walk more independently, the spasticity will decrease.
From his mother’s letter:
«Artyom is now four years old, he was born from the second planned pregnancy. Artyom was born deeply premature at 30 weeks. The first 2 months of his life doctors fought for his life: resuscitation, respiratory arrest, and as a result bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Despite the difficult situation, Artyom survived. When he was 2 months, he was discharged from the perinatal center with an endless list of diagnoses and with a dispensary observation by an ophthalmologist, audiologist, neurologist and a surgeon. For a long time Artyom could not pass the test at the audiologist, so he was diagnosed with hearing loss. Up to when he was one year old he constantly had bronchitis and pneumonia, and rehabilitation in neurology did not work out.
Artyom ate well, slept and babbled. But in due time Artyom couldn’t roll over, sit or crawl. Doctors said to wait blaming everything on prematurity. But at 10 months old Artyom was diagnosed with moderate spastic tetraparesis, cerebral palsy. At first, Artyom underwent rehabilitation at the neurological department. Exactly at the age of one, when kids usually begin to take their first steps, Artyom crawled on his belly, pulling himself up with his arms, giving his mom and dad a gift for his birthday. But it turned out that this treatment in the neurological department is not enough. So, we began a constant search for skilled specialists, massage and exercise therapy experts. He had hippotherapy, hours of homework, swimming… And Artyom started to show improvements: at a year and a half he sat down, at 1.7 he crawled, at two years old he began to walk with the support. But he couldn’t walk on his own.
Then we went to the “First Step” clinic in Kazan for the first time, and after the first course there Artyom began to walk with a support of only one hand, he became more mobile. Before the treatment Artyom’s favorite pastime was to play board games, and after he began to walk with one hand and play hide and seek with his sisters. After the treatment we underwent two more courses of treatment in the clinic and Artyom began to walk independently, step by step, and everyone was so happy about this, even the neighbors noticed changes in Artyom.
Now Artyom needs rehabilitation every three months to keep up his progress. At the age of 4 Artyom can sit, crawl on his hands and knees, get up and walk a few steps. He constantly falls when he walks and gets very upset about it. But he tries again and again. He is a very hardworking boy, always diligent with all the tasks that are given to him. He is intellectually developed and can understand everything, can speak, loves when somebody reads to him, he collects puzzles and plays doctor – his favorite game. He wants to cure and help everyone. Artyom has a dream. He wants to win his elder sister in tag game.
According to the doctors, Artyom has every chance of walking independently, but for this constant practice is essential. He needs a rehabilitation course at the “First Step” Center. We can afford paying only for the accommodation and travel expenses.
To maintain his walking skills, Artyom needs continuous rehabilitation. After undergoing rehabilitation, Artyom always has some new skills he learned. In the last course he learned to get up the stairs holding with just one hand.
I ask you to help my son. In these difficult times our family has no opportunity to pay for the rehabilitation course, and our little boy really needs it. »
The Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign for Artyom.
In case the funds raised for a particular child exceed the required amount, the balance shall be used to cover treatments for other children and other expenses associated with the present program (Clause 1.6.3 of the “Regulations of the charity program of targeted help “Shag Navstrechu” (Take a Step).