The five-year-old Omar has been living for about 18 months in the Heart Children's Home, an orphanage in the Kenyan coastal town of Malindi. Since birth he has suffered from right-sided paralysis. He can neither stand nor walk alone. For several months now, Zukunftswaisend e.V. has been supporting an outpatient physiotherapy for Omar. Although we could already celebrate some progress, we organized an examination at the Association for Physically Disabled of Kenya, a special institution for children with disabilities in Mombasa. By doing so, we wanted to get the opinion of other experts in order to find alternatives and possibilities for a better care of Omar.
In addition to hemiplegia, kyphosis, which is a curvature of the spine, was also diagnosed in the hospital. This means that Omar cannot sit upright. The doctors consider the reason for this to be too weak back and chest muscles.
A surgical intervention is not an option at the moment. However, the doctors recommend an inpatient treatment for a period of two months. Omar is expected to make continuous progress through daily physiotherapy, medical examinations and occupational therapy sessions. The muscles should be built up in physiotherapy with the help of corsets and other aids to enable him to walk. The occupational therapy is also intended to build and promote coordination and mobility.
Only through intensive and professional treatment Omar will have a chance to learn to walk. Due to his young age, the doctors see good chances for a successful treatment, which could avoid a life in a wheelchair.
For the treatment in the hospital, we need a nurse to accompany and care for Omar permanently, in addition to the costs of the treatment itself. Further costs are incurred for aids and transport to Mombasa, 120 kilometres away. In addition, a social worker will provide Omar with regular reports on his progress. The planned admission date is already set for November 1, 2020.
Both Zukunftswaisend and Nuru Said, the director of the Heart Children's Home, hope very much for your support. Together we have the chance to improve the life of Omar permanently!