Requires: rehabilitation course in the center “Adeli-Penza”, worth 118,500 rubles.
Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy, spastic tetraparesis, delayed psychomotor development, partial atrophy of the optic nerve.
Vika is 10 years old. She lives with cerebral palsy. Despite the whole lot of severe developmental disorders, the girl can speak and is now a homeschooling second-grader at a regular school. Vika can sit and crawl, stand next to support and walk holding both hands – all that despite grave prognosis for her future shared by the doctors when Vika was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 11 months. So, the family is well-aware that you need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. They are doing their best to help Vika make her first independent steps and are certain, beyond any doubt, that it will happen one day.
From her mother’s letter: “My daughter was born prematurely – at 32 weeks. She was a tiny little thing – only 1,830g and 45cm. The baby couldn’t breathe and had to spend a few days in the ER. She then started to gain on weight and we were discharged. It seemed like all the hardships were over. Yet, the misfortune came all of a sudden when Vika was 11 months old – the diagnosis of cerebral palsy sounded like a bomb going off. The doctors told us that the girl won’t be able to do anything on her own and suggested that we give her up for adoption. But we hugged our only daughter and told ourselves and everyone else that our child will be able to walk. That was the first step in our long and challenging journey of living with the insidious disease of cerebral palsy.
We went to Ukraine, Germany, Poland and all across Russia to help our daughter and find the best treatment for her. Every rehabilitation course helped Vika to grow stronger and demonstrate inspiring results. That’s why we never stop and carry on searching for opportunities to help our daughter to develop further. We are absolutely certain that she will make her first independent steps!
We are now asking for help as it’s only due to continuous rehabilitation that we can achieve good results. If there’s a long break between the courses, spasticity practically immobilizes her body and Vika stops doing what she’s already learnt. So, it’s vital for Vika to have regular rehabilitation – to boost health, practice self-care and motor skills as well as acquire new ones.
Mothers are happy when their kids are cheerful and healthy. So, we’ll certainly feel better when we reduce Vika’s spasticity and she learns new movements. It will mean a new victory, even a small one, but still – it will be a step forward.
A great big thank you for paying attention and giving us a chance to get out of the wheelchair! My heart leaps every time I think that we’re not alone in our fight – it empowers us to struggle on. Time and again we’ve seen that the world is small as we are told, but there are people with hearts of gold. Stay safe and take care of your family and friends!”
Diema’s Dream Fund is raising funds to support Vika’s family in paying for a rehabilitation course in “Adeli-Penza” center!