Smiling and communicating
At age four, Luisa smiles the biggest when picking up and throwing objects, laughing as she watches her friends, family, and therapists fetch them. Her mother, Angélica, explains that there is nothing that pleases Luisa more, except for maybe eating. “She never stops eating,” she jokes.
Not too long ago, Luisa couldn’t pick up anything. After a nearly ten-month pregnancy, Luisa spent the first 15 days of her life in the Sololá Hospital so that her seizures could be closely monitored. From there, she was transferred to Guatemala City, for further examination. In the capital, the doctor diagnosed her with cerebral palsy and, when Luisa was only three months old, she began attending therapy at Adisa.
Over the course of this journey, Adisa has been helping us,
Through therapy, Luisa was able to make significant advances. She was standing, taking a few steps, and nearly walking. However, two years ago, Luisa had a relapse. All of sudden, she fell ill from a fever and could no longer walk nor support her head.
We returned to the beginning, as if she were a newborn.
After her relapse, she had very little strength. Thankfully, now, she’s trying to stand up again, explains her mother.
“When they first started giving her therapy in Adisa, she couldn’t move her legs or turn around. Now, she can turn around, support her head a little, and she has more mobility in her legs and arms. With one arm she picks up more things than the other, but she is trying to use both arms more now. So, we have seen a lot of improvements.”
Even though she babbles, she does try to communicate. Through signals and gestures, her family understands what she wants. In this sense, she has made a lot of progress, Angélica affirms.
“Had I not been told that Adisa exists, I’m not certain that my daughter would be able to move.”
Since [the therapists] come to the house to do her exercises, when I have a little extra time at night, I play with her. I do the same exercises with her. So, personally, I’m not sure that with she would have made the same advances that she has made if I had I not brought her to Adisa. I’m not sure she would be able to move. I’m not sure that I would be able to communicate with her through gestures. Because these are all things we have learned in Adisa. Thanks to Adisa, I know what she wants when she reacts a certain way. I am very grateful for them.