Cerebral Palsy Success Story: Benedetta 3/14/2014
Benedetta was born 3 months prematurely after a long and difficult labor. At birth, Benedetta had respiratory distress and was administered oxygen immediately. She was kept in the Intensive Care Unit to be monitored and tube fed. She spent the first 3 months of her life in the hospital.
When Benedetta was 10 months old, doctors saw that she was not developing like other children. She could not crawl or creep. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, paraplegia and brain-injury. While her parents were searching for answers for Benedetta, several physiotherapists told them that Benedetta could never become well like other children her age.
When Benedetta was 2-years-old, parents attended the What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child course at The Institutes to learn how they could help their daughter. She still could not crawl, her left hand remained closed most of the time and she was very rigid throughout her body.
Parents began an Intensive Treatment Program designed by The Institutes with Benedetta in the hopes that she could catch up to her peers. They worked day after day to speed her physical and intellectual development.
Benedetta is now 11 years old. She is incredibly bright, and studies with mom at home. She takes yearly exams and just passed them to enter the 6th grade, like other children her age. She studies hard and her grades are excellent. Teachers say that Benedetta is a wonderful student. Her favorite subject is English. She is also able to write as well as other children her age.
As for her physical development, Benedetta is now able to walk everywhere for transportation. She is also able to run over 20 meters without stopping. She is much less rigid than when she began the program. Benedetta has made great progress because of her hard work and the dedication of her family. Congratulations to Benedetta and her family for her wonderful achievements!