Our son, Nathaniel, was born extremely premature at 24 weeks, weighing just 1 pound 13 ounces. He spent his first 5 months in the NICU, undergoing several surgeries. He came home on Christmas Eve 2009. In April of 2010 he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He received early intervention therapies ( physical, occupational and speech) at home until age 3. He now goes to United Cerebra Palsy of Nassau’s Children’s Learning Center, and receives those therapies at school. At this time, Nate is still non-verbal, and cannot sit nor stand by himself.
Through some research we have found a facility that provides innovative new therapies using the Thera-Suit and a cage with bungie cords. The Thera-Suit helps correct muscle/skeletal positioning as well as helping to build new brain-muscle pathways with the hopes that eventually Nate will be able to sit and stand, walk, and run. We are fortunate enough that one of the facilities that uses this method is very close to us, in Woodbury. However the therapies are not covered by insurance, and are rather expensive.
The therapies are not a one-time thing, Nate will need to repeat them for a while to see the desired results. And there needs to be some recovery between rounds of therapy. Nate has gone through a 3 week intensive “Boot Camp” of therapy back in late March/early April of 2013.
Nate has a fairly modest following on his FaceBook Page,
which goes further into his birth and complications, as well as pictures from his early life through his first round of therapy.
We are hoping to build Nate’s following by using CrowRise, and to grow a fund for him to continue with therapy at Keep Moving Forward, Inc so he can achieve his full potential.
Please, help us help Nate!