Violetta loves to dance, sing, and make new friends. But some things - like walking, standing up, and speaking clearly - are hard for her because of cerebral palsy.
Violetta was born at term, but she was a small and weak baby. Doctors in the rural area where her parents lived failed to diagnose intrauterine growth restriction and did not deliver the baby pre-term, as she should have been. By the time she was seven months old, it became obvious that Violetta's developmental delays were being caused by CP, not just by the fact that she had a rough start.
When Violetta was two, her parents divorced; her mom devotes all her time and effort to caring for her daughter and making sure she gets the necessary medical help. There is no child support or alimony; the only source of income for the family is Violetta's small disability pension.
The previous treatment course, while it did eat up the family's savings, brought great results: Violetta learned to climb chairs and couches, stand with support, and walk - also with support, very slowly and clumsily, but still, she's walking! The doctors say Violetta has great potential for improvement. She and her mom can't wait to see what great results the next round of treatment will bring. And they need your help to do it!
A letter from Violetta's mother:
First of all, my daughter and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to have this rehabilitation therapy! Thank you for organizing holiday gifts for our children!
We do have new results, of course. Violetta started walking more steadily, and falling down less – especially falling backwards, which is something we have been struggling with for a long time. Our main emphasis in physical exercises was on correct gait (instead of walking with feet spread out, like she prefers), as well as on learning to walk on an inclined surface and overcoming at least small obstacles on her way. Thank God, thanks to your help, she has improved in all of these areas! She is no longer as scared of falling; she is trying to keep her arms down when she walks, not up (which she used to do to help her keep her balance, like toddlers do). Thanks to the massage therapy she received, her bowel movements became normal (she often suffered from constipation before). Her memory and vocabulary have increased significantly; to learn an 8-line poem now she only needs 3-4 days, while earlier it took 7-8 days! When we got back home, she started getting up next to a fitness ball and, moving it with her hands, following it with her feet. Her left hand used to be completely non-functional, and now she's able to grab large objects with it, and although she can't hold them properly yet, it is already a great achievement!
There is still a lot of work to be done on her gait, speech, and hands, but this therapy has given a new great impulse to Violetta’s development. A big thank you, once again, for giving us the opportunity to have this therapy! Every new course of therapy gives us positive results! Violetta’s overall emotional state, too, is becoming more happy and calm. THANK YOU! May God grant the Fund and all of its staff members and donors happiness and prosperity!