Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I am happy to say, the therapists at Napa were thrilled with the progress Luke made during the time we were there. His head therapist, Mr. Raf, said he felt Luke gained so much this trip verses last trip. I know one thing, this afternoon I set him down on the floor in the living room, and he scooted himself all the way across the room, and pretty fast too! He even went over a little "bump" we have that separates wood from carpet...GO LUKE! Here are the accomplishments his therapist put on his "diploma"
*Luke only needs contact assistance with crawling!
*Luke is taking independent steps in a walker safely!
*Luke climbed a ladder with reciprocal movements of his arms and legs!
This was very interesting to me. As part of the Tomatis therapy he gets here she did this assessment of him. On the first day of therapy, she had him draw a house, tree, and person on the right. Then on the last day, she had him draw them again on the left. You can see the improvement! I found this to be amazing! If you look at the person, he even drew some circles.
Luke's great therapists...Mr. Raf, and the PT aide, Kelly.
Thanks so much for your continued prayers and support!
I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. (Acts 27:25)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Only in California is riding on a surf board part of therapy! Look how good he is standing up with minimal support.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Posted 5 August, 2009 in Cerebral Palsy |
Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment
Caleb Turner, a 2 year old boy from New Zealand, with severe cerebral palsy has made many improvements in his quality of life after his stem cell treatment using adult stem cells from cord blood 7 months ago in Mexico. Yes, the Turner family had to fly from New Zealand to Mexico for this stem cell therapy.
However, they are very happy they did make the effort as the adult stem cells helped Caleb immensely. Caleb has severe cerebral palsy as a result of a massive brain bleed days after his birth.
Before the Stem Cell Therapy in Mexico
- 30-50 seizures per day
- Showed no emotion- couldn’t tell if he was happy, sad, sick etc.
- Choked when he ate
- Couldn’t walk, talk, or roll over
After the Adult Stem Cell Treatment
- Down to 4-5 seizures per day!!
- Laughs, cries, smiles- Mrs. Turner says “to see a smile on his face is priceless”
- Now has an easier time eating
- Now can clap his hands, roll over and has better trunk control
Going Back for a Second Helping of Adult Stem Cells
The Turner family was so happy with the changes in Caleb after the first stem cell treatment, that they are planning to go back to Mexico again for a second stem cell therapy. To do this, they are holding an art auction to raise the money needed (approximately $30,000 US for treatment/travel).
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Luke's favorite-knee walking
Walking in the walker
Luke's favorite part of the day...Ms. Geni, he hates to be in a crawling position. She got him to hold it all by himself for 27 seconds. The big thing is he did it...he fights us so bad when we try to get him in this position.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Another reason we have been busy is.....we leave for LA tomorrow for Luke to attend therapy again at the Napa Center for another 3 week session. Please pray for amazing results this go around. I guess this is Luke's "school" for now. I promise better updates while we are there.