Fight With Hemi

Update posted by Irena Peris On Feb 08, 2020

Dan was born on May 24th, 2016, his diagnose is Hemiparesis, left. He is a child with no mental disabilities, but is visibly unable to follow his peers, in motions and in fine motor skills. He walks on his own, uses an orthosis to correct his gait, eats and drinks with his right hand, and uses his left with aids to correct his fist position.

Dan was born as a healthy baby, after a long unsuccessful natural birth, by caesarean section. He went on fine until 4 months and 2 weeks when I noticed that he could not open his left fist. Upon arrival at the pediatrician we were told that everything was fine with him and I was advised to force the opening of the left fist. At a regular checkup from Dan's 6 months, the pediatrician suspected a brain haemorrhage and referred us for a brain ultrasound. We did an ultrasound who indicated bleeding during childbirth in the right brain, the motor center (second to third stage of bleeding). We also paid for a brain MRI which confirming the ultrasound. Therapy was urgently recommended, so at our own expense with Dan we went to the Movement Center for Improving the Quality. Therapy lasted five months, twice a week and thanks to this therapy, he has made a significant progress.

When he was one year old, we were in a difficult financial situation, so we sought help from Pediatric Disease Clinic Zagreb. Physiatrist recommended Voyta therapy, which Dan received at Pediatric Disease Clinic Zagreb. Unfortunately, the intensity of the therapy was insufficient (only once a week for 45 minutes), so we were again forced to go to private practice, where he attended exercises up to 19 months of life three times a week. Parents' education about Voyta therapy is included, so we do the exercises at home as well. This made us financially exhausted again, so we went to PDC Zagreb hospital again, but the problem recurred and the intensity was not enough to see Dan's progress. Thus, when he was 34 months old, we again went into Private practice of physical therapy Jelena Đurinek, which currently goes to exercise, according to the Bobath method in intensity 3 times a week (200kn (30$) / 45min). We still need to privately fund the exercises, because this is the only way Dan is visibly progressing and maximizing impact, but our financial resources are exhausted and continued effective therapy is key to Dan's development and rehabilitation.

Please, if you can help in any way whatsoever with the smallest opportunity for Dan to continue his rehabilitation and to enable him to achieve the maximum. For donations, we opened an account with Privredna banka Zagreb, IBAN: HR08 2340 0093 2338 5117 2 to Dan Gebaj, SWIFT address (BIC) of Privredna banka Zagreb dd: PBZGHR2X, payment description required - "donation for health needs - treatment of Dan Gebaj".

I heartily thank you for your attention

Irena Peris, Dan's mom

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