Melissa’s Story: Spastic CP 

"We have seen a huge improvement... she can now pick toys up and hold them better with her hands, which is an amazing achievement"

Melissa by her mother

Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy

Melissa was the oldest of twins, they were born at 29½ weeks and spent 7 weeks in special care unit of the local hospital.

When Melissa was one month old we were told that she had brain damage and that we would just have to wait to see how she would develop.  At six months old it was obvious that she was not developing at the same rate as her brother. At 12 months she still was not able to sit on her own. At 18 months more of she was diagnosed with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.

She had been seen by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists all her life.

TST brings “a huge improvement”

At last I came across the Advance Centre on the internet. I phoned Linda and we came for our first visit.  We have seen a huge improvement.  While Melissa still cannot sit independently, she needs a lot less support and her back is straight so it is easier for her to balance.

Melissa was always very tight, especially her arms. It is now easier for here to straighten her arms and she can now pick toys up and hold them better with her hands, which is an amazing achievement for her.

Her voice has also become a lot stronger. Before the Advance treatment she could not raise her voice.  Now we can hear her all over the house, which is Fab!

Brighter Future

I only wish that I had heard of Advance earlier, but we are just looking forward to seeing how she progresses in the months and years to come.z

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