What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a group of neuromotor problems characterized by lack of efficiency in ambulation, vision, speech, hearing, immunity, epilepsy, feeding & growth etc. It is the most common cause of severe physical disability in children. It occurs because of any “insult to brain” between foetal life and upto 2 years from birth. Problems like severe jaundice, intrauterine infection, trauma, genetic problem, hypoxia and many unknown causes can cause insult to immature brain at early age. Low weight & premature babies are more prone to cerebral palsy. These children are unable to achieve “developmental milestones” as other growing children. These children can be identified at early age by identification of the above mentioned history, delayed milestone, delayed social smile, abnormal reflexes, and abnormal tone like increase or decrease in tone, abnormal movement, abnormal growth pattern and delay in ambulation. Brain insult is static bur their disabilities can increase, decrease or remain as such depending upon environment and treatment intervention. With early intervention by the multimodal therapeutic approach, more than 80% children can have a good quality of life. These children need medical care by the team of medical & rehab specialists which include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, special educators, orthopaedic surgeon, neurologist, paediatrician etc. Cerebral palsy can’t be cured but we can decrease he disability to an extent that those affected can be integrated to main stream schooling & society. They can have a professional degree, can have job, marry and live a long life.
Cerebral Palsy in Nigeria
We got many queries parents for their child affected by cerebral palsy in Nigeria, West Africa. Not only Nigeria, queries also comes from different regions of Africa, for example, Sudan, Kenya, Zambia, Mali, Libya, Namibia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Botswana and other regions. We respond to their queries accordingly to their unique problems of each child affected by cerebral palsy and other physical disability problems. We communicate through email or calls to parents and understand the problems of child and provide the better solution for cerebral palsy in Nigeria and other regions. There are many families from Africa also came to India at Trishla Foundation for proper cerebral palsy treatment. Our dedication towards cerebral palsy treatment helped many African families to make their child independent and they perform their daily task without the help of others. These successful treatments add new credit in our successful cerebral palsy case studies.
An African family from Ghana came to India at Trishla Foundation for CP treatment and supported by honorable minister Sushma Swaraj for proper treatment with their blessing. Minister helped Ghana family and extend the via for 6 months as per suggestion of Dr. Jitendra Kumar Jain, the cerebral palsy specialist and orthopedic surgeon in India.
A family from Malawi East Africa also came to India for their disabled girl and she can able to stand, walk, and speak. But after treatment of few days parents of girl surprised when they see the girl starts walking without the help of a walker in front of hundreds of people and even called her parents “mama” and “papa”.