Who is Baby Yussuf Satar?
Yussuf Satar was born on February 8th 2006 and is the first child of the family.
During his delivery, a lack of oxygen caused him to have brain damage in the form of Cerebral Palsy; as a result he has cortical visual impairment, cannot use his hands, feet, cannot sit and cannot speak. He is eating via a G tube. His hearing is normal.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition caused by a permanent brain injury that occurs before, during, or shortly after birth. The primary characteristic of cerebral palsy is a lack of muscle control and movement. It is caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements.
Are there any treatments for Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy can't be cured, but treatment will often improve a child's capabilities. Treatment may include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, drugs to control seizures, relax muscle spasms, and alleviate pain; braces and other orthotic devices; wheelchairs and rolling walkers; and communication aids.
How much does therapy cost?
Private physical therapy costs $120/hour.
How much therapy does Yussuf need?
Doctors and therapists usually recommend 3 hours/day of physical therapy in order to stimulate the brain to its maximum possible. Yussuf's brain was damaged and it needs to be reprogrammed. The more therapy he gets at this early age, the more chances his brain can learn the correct pattern of movement.
Will Yussuf ever be "normal"?
The short answer is NO. However, people that have cerebral palsy can range from being completely dependent to almost completely independent. The higher end of cerebral palsy people can walk, but with difficulty. Some manage to have some unclear speech too. How much the brain was damaged and how much therapy a person receives decides on how much independent they will be.
What about government assistance?
The government only covers a maximum of 1 hour/week of physiotherapy and reduces that with time. Yussuf's mother is already receiving maximum assistance from the government with her very best efforts, however this is not enough to cover Yussuf's private therapy.
How long will Yussuf need therapy?
Yussuf will probably need therapy for a couple of years. His mother is trying to give him extensive therapy at this early age to maximize the results. Hopefully with time, he won't need extensive therapy.
How can I help?
Your generous contributions are very much needed for baby Yussuf's treatment. Please give today in this worthy cause and DO NOT DELAY, for time is passing for baby Yussuf's brain.