A litter girl who had a pioneering $107k operation to fix her cerebral palsy walks unaided to meet Father Christmas.
This young girl, which was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic diaplegia last year and until recently could only walk with the help of a frame.
But in September she traveled to America for a $107,000 procedure and last Sunday took her very first steps.
This child was born almost three months premature, weighing just 3lbs. Her parents knew there was something wrong when she wasn’t developing at the same rate as other babies at the age of eight months.
Doctors were forced to wrap the tiny tot in a sandwich bag in a special incubator, where she stayed for six weeks.
However, upon returning home the child was not developing the same as other children and was found to be paralyzed on her left side.
She was eventually diagnosed ages two, with cerebral plays and spastic diplegia last year and until recently could only walk with the aid of a walking frame.
But in September she traveled to America, to have a procedure known as Selective Rhizotomy (SDR).
After this pioneering treatment, the toddler can now walk unaided. This feat is all the more amazing as medics warned it could be between six to 12 months before she could walk independently.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is an operation employed to improve spasticity (muscle stiffness) in cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy takes place when a child sustains a brain injury early in life. This most often happens before birth but can happen around the time of birth and even in the first year of life.
Advantages of our SDR Technique Over Other Techniques
We believe that our selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure has these significant advantages over others:
1 Reduced risk of spinal deformities in later years
2 Decreased post-rhizotomy motor weakness
3 Reduced hip flexor spasticity by sectioning the first lumbar dorsal root
4 Shorter-term, less intense back pain
5 Earlier resumption of vigorous physical therapy
Acknowledgments & References
Dr. Park Hospital ST Louis US center for cerebral palsy Spasticity