Abel A.

Condition: Cerebral Palsy
City, State: Beaverton, OR
Club: Westview High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 395
Date Adopted: 2/02/2012

Abel's Story:
After a long and traumatic birth, Abel was born unable to breathe on April 5th, 2010 to parents Greg and Kristine. He suffered from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) from the lack of oxygen. After 2 weeks in the NICU, the doctors explained that brain damage had occurred from the long period without oxygen.

When Abel was a year old they officially diagnosed him with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy. The part of his brain that controls his muscles was damaged. His movements are both to stiff and to floppy. It takes a lot more effort and focus for him to make even small movements, like lifting his head, picking something up or holding his torso straight. Doctors are still not sure if he will ever be able to walk, talk or even sit up. The diagnosis of CP carries an average price tag of $20 million dollars for a lifetime of care.

The good news is that Abel is an adorable, amazing, smart and funny little boy! He enjoys a challenge and is very determined to reach his goals. He tries hard to do all of his therapies and has made a lot of progress. Our brains have an amazing ability to heal and grow, especially in babies. That is why it is really important that Abel do as many therapies and treatments as possible while he is still a baby. His days are packed full of appointments, but he always keeps his cheerful, friendly smile on his face.

Abel goes to physical, speech and occupational therapy. He also goes to cranial sacral therapy and gets chiropractic treatments to help his muscles relax and to keep his skeletal system in the proper positions. The aquatic therapy also helps with that and to learn more movements in the weightlessness of the water. When Abel turns two, it is recommend that he start Hippotherapy, which is horseback riding with several helpers to walk the horse and keep the kids safe. The gentle movements of the horse will help him learn to sit up and strengthen his torso not to mention being a fun new experience!