This year, our former rehab patient, Bryan is now walking to his Grade 1 class with the aid of a walker from the Provincial Health Department. Although it is a little big for him, he manages to use it to get to his Grade I class.  His mother walks along with him.  It has a basket underneath and if he gets too tired, he sits in the basket and his mother pushes him the rest of the way.  He is delighted to be able to go to regular school.

 

Cassie before and after her palate surgery.

 

At the beginning of the school year in June, we had several youngsters come for eyeglasses.  This year two sisters Maricris and Christine whom we have helped before came because their vision had become blurred.  Their refractions showed their myopia has increased and so we helped them get the new glasses.

 

     Two of the students we sponsor at the SPED class in Alangilan were honor students at the closing of the school year.  Jovane, aged ten, is deaf.  And his sister, who is in high school at the same school, continues to help him learn sign language at home and at school.  He did so well this past year that he will be promoted to Grade I in June, but still in the SPED classroom.

 


Diane checking eyes of Carl Lawrence, child with glaucoma.

 

Carl Lawrence was ten months old when he was brought to us.  He had already been seen by an eye doctor and diagnosed with glaucoma.  This is very difficult to treat and beyond our services.  But when Lea and I saw him, we noticed that he is very floppy and found he is not able to do what a ten month old should be able to do. So we started him going to the rehab center.

 

Brothers Clarence and Luis whom we mentioned in our last newsletter are making good progress.  When we visited them at home, I checked them using my jeep as exam room.  Clarence is on the way to sitting tailor fashion at sixteen months and Luis, now almost two and a half years, has good head control and sits up very well and is on the way to walking.


Carla

Six and a half year old Carla was brought to us because she has crossed eyes and is always blinking them.  She was born prematurely and has delayed development, which is why she is still in pre-school rather than Grade I this year.  When checked by the optician, we found out she has astigmatism and one eye is near-sighted and the other far-sighted.  We got her glasses and her eyes no longer cross when she wears the glasses.  She can also see much better.  Since the glasses seem to correct the crossing, we are hopeful that she won’t need surgery to correct the crossing.

 

John Paul
Nine year old John Paul has developmental delay and started studying at the SPED class in Alangilan in 2015.  He is in Kinder this year and recently received an award for Outstanding Student.

 

Mico
Five year old Mico has gained enough balance that he can now sit tailor fashion using just one arm for support. He used to tip over sideways. He still has weak neck muscles, so his head is often lowered to one side.  He is usually full of smiles.

 

Clarence
Clarence has delayed development. He started coming to the rehab center with his brother, Luis (also with delayed development) last August.  Clarence was nine months and had no head control, couldn’t roll over and didn’t move much of his body.  He now has good head control and can stand with support.

 

Luis

Luis, like his brother (above) has delayed development. Luis was one year and nine months when he started coming to the rehab center. Although he could sit, he had poor head control and could not stand. He now has good head control and can walk with a wooden walker we had made.

 

Lester
Lester came to us last August at the age of nine years.  We don’t usually encounter children with cerebral palsy this late.  His family had moved to Camiguin recently. Although he could stand, he was only able to take a few steps and also was not using his arms and hands.  On Christmas day at their family dinner, he gave his family a special gift. He held his cup with spout top up to his mouth and drank all by himself.  He is also now able to walk around the rehab center and around his house.  His mother had been growing tired of bringing him for his physical therapy.  She has to carry him most of the distance into the center and he is heavy for her.  But now that she has seen this progress she is very enthusiastic and says all of her sacrifices are worth it.

 

Mark proudly showing off his art work at the SPED class. He was district winner in the art contest last year.

 

Diane and Lea on way to SPED classroom.