- Sam Davies
- Born 1969 England. Arrived in Australia 1972. Single. No children. Partially disabled from severe osteoporosis, pituitary gland tumor (benign), myopathy and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hypermobile in every joint). 18 yrs caring for my quadriplegic cerebral palsy friend, Rob. Ceramic artist www.sam-davies.blogspot.com
Sunday, August 4, 2013
“Thirty-one Russian children suffering from cerebral palsy will undergo a three-month treatment in a hospital in north China’s Shanxi province,” a hospital official in Taiyuan, where the treatment will occur, has said recently.
“The children will be treated with both Chinese traditional medicine and western medicine in Shanxi Provincial Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Guo Xinzhi, head of the aforementioned institute. Describing the treatment that the children will undergo in hopes of ameliorating their condition, he said, “Chinese acupuncture therapy will play a key role in the treatment.”
Approximately two-thirds of the children have already begun to receive the first stage of treatment in the hospital. “Thanks to the previous treatment, he can walk holding my hand and eat with a spoon now,” said a mother of a three-year-old boy and patient named Ivan. “I am hopeful after seeing him make progress in his movement.”
This journey for treatment is funded by the Danko Charity Foundation in Dagestan. Russia has sent children with cerebral palsy to the hospital for treatment regularly: twice a year since 2008. Approximately 30 children are sent each time. More than 200 Russian children, including those who are self-funded in their treatment, have received therapeutic care at the Chinese facility.
Cerebral palsy is “caused by damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth, which leads to a lack of co-ordination in muscle movement.”