Moving mountains and climbing trees
Like many 11-year-olds, Eduardo prefers to spend his afternoons playing with his friends or watching his favorite TV program to doing his homework. A true adventurer, he likes to climb the trees outside his house or travel through the mountains with his father. However, Eduardo could not always move around so easily.
A few days after his birth, once they had already returned home from the hospital, Eduardo fell ill. His skin turned an alarming shade of yellow and he was not breastfeeding. “I think this child is sick. This is what babies do when they are dying,” his grandmother said. His family quickly rushed him to Hospitalito Atitlán, where he spent the night before being transferred to another hospital in Guatemala City. It was there that the doctors diagnosed Eduardo with a brain disease.
However, it wasn’t until Eduardo still wasn’t walking at age two and a half that his twenty-year-old parents learned that he had a disability. At this time, his mother started bringing him to therapy at Adisa. She says, "I didn’t know that he had problems, that he had a disability."
Little by little, Eduardo started learning, and at age three, he finally started walking. His mom explains:
I was thrilled when he stood up a little and took his first step. Before I was a little sad. I would ask why my son doesn’t walk but Andrea told me that he would walk. He has strength in his feet.
Every week, Eduardo attended therapy. First, so that he could learn to walk and later, when he was more grown-up, he started to receive language therapy from Deysi. Shortly after beginning language therapy, at age eight, Eduardo began talking.
Now his speech is improving. He talks a lot.
Unfortunately, beginning last year, it became significantly more difficult for Eduardo’s mother to bring him to Adisa for therapy. His family lives far from Adisa’s office, the taxis don’t always pass through often, and his mother had her hands full taking care of Eduardo’s younger siblings too. She spoke with her husband and they decided that they could no longer bring Eduardo to Adisa. “May it be God’s will,” she said.
Therefore, Adisa’s staff started bringing the therapies to Eduardo’s house. Currently, Eduardo still receives language therapy and also receives physical therapy with Dalia, psychology with Holly, and tutoring with Salvador.
Thank you to Adisa’s workers for coming to our home and working with Eduardo. He’s beginning to speak a lot now. Thanks to Adisa, he can walk and we know that he is a child with a disability.