Many of you have already met Miss A, and if you haven’t, anyone could tell you how bright and beautiful she is. Miss A has faced many challenges and walking is just one of those challenges she is determined to master. Cerebral Palsy is simply a diagnosis, it does not define this free-spirited young lady.
Recently, one of our volunteers took it upon herself to assist Miss A with this goal. Jo Ann Davidson, this particular volunteer, contacted a physiotherapist back home who suggested creating a walker out of PVC pipe. Using a picture from this physiotherapist, Jo Ann took Miss A’s measurements and drew a blue print for one of the staff to follow. It took less than a day before Georges Gauvreu had the PVC pipe cut and the walker assembled.
Miss A’s current volunteer, Ashley Lackore, had already been working on supportive exercises provided by a physiotherapy team (Wheeling Jesuit) that develops care plans for several of the children here at GLA. With the hard work of Ashley, Miss A was taking up to 6 steps independently but still lacking the confidence and posture to advance further independently. As a result of the collaborated efforts of this great bunch, Miss A is now able to freely explore the world around her. Living proof that it takes a village to raise a child…
Posted on Mon, November 3, 2014
by Nursery Nurse