Rupali, age 3, has been coming to SAMADHAN since December 2012. The child was born at a private hospital in South Delhi and did not cry at birth. When her developmental stages were delayed and she did not show any response to stimuli, the parents approached Safdarjung hospital, one of the well-known government hospitals in New Delhi.
They were shattered when the doctors informed them about her condition - Spastic Cerebral Palsy and explained about her lifetime inability to achieve normal development and growth - physical as well as mental. Luckily, a neighbor informed the mother about services at SAMADHAN and thus Rupali’s family got in touch with SAMADHAN.
Her condition, at the time of admission, was pathetic. Her body was very stiff and in the supine position. She couldn’t be made to sit at all. There was no eye contact, no response to stimuli and the fists were always in closed position. Her neck used to go in extension (no head control).
With regular appropriate interventions, Rupali has started showing signs of progress.
Now there is eye contact and she is making cooing noise. She smiles and responds to voices. She can lift her waist for 2 seconds, is able to sit unsupported for 10. She can lift her neck voluntarily and extend laterally to both sides, indicating that she is gaining head control. Her fists remain open and her muscle tone is toward normalization. She thrusts herself to stand on extremities.
We are now sure that with sustained interventions; Rupali’s condition will improve and may be in a year’s time she will be able to attend our preschool.
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