Noah Smit from Swellendam in the Western Cape was diagnosed with mixed cerebral palsy – dystonic & spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. At the young age of 1 and a half years, the Neurologist said he would probably need an electronic device to communicate, and that he won`t be able to walk or talk.
Noah is now almost 4 years old and communicates through sounds, babbling and pointing. He can say a few words like car, cat, dad, and grandpa – but he still can not sit, stand or walk. Noah is a bright young boy and there is nothing wrong with his comprehension, but he is trapped in a spastic body with a mind of its own.
He needs daily therapy, but only receives therapy once or twice a month, as this is all that the family can afford at the moment. They are hoping to take him to America or Greece for SPML – Selective Percutaneous Myofascial Lengthening – a type of minimally invasive surgery utilized to relieve tension from muscle spasticity; used to treat children who have CP.
This treatment is not a miracle, but can be life-changing for him as this will reduce the spasticity, possibly give his body time to learn how to sit or crawl or walk – and will allow time for the brain to rewire.
Mom is currently his caregiver at home as there is no daycare that can look after his needs, and dad works full-time to provide for the family. Like and follow Noah`s cp journey on Facebook for live updates on his progress and journey.
Together we can make a difference in little Noah`s life and give him a chance at a brighter future. You can help by supporting our bracelet fundraising initiative, details below.
Fundraising for Noah Smit
Strength through Faith Bracelets for Noah; consisting of purple, beige & silver wooden beads with crystals – and a Faith, Hope, or Diamante-octopus charm. To place and order, contact the agent in your area or shop online. Alternatively, please consider a donation. Any and all donations welcome.
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