In Ukraine, parents of children with special needs are encouraged to hand their children over to state care. They are told their children are a burden on society. Children are sent to institutions where they are subjected to abuse and neglect. There is minimal support available to parents who fight to keep their children with them. Maya's Hope wants to help relieve some of the burdens on these amazing parents and assist in keeping children with their families, where they belong.
Arthur and his twin sister were born prematurely at 29 weeks. Shortly after birth he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (spastic tetraparesis) and epilepsy. Arthur has been in our program since 2018. His family is wonderful and love their son very much. His mother has reached out to us with a request we need your help with:
"Hello, our dear friends, volunteers, and sponsors. We are currently undergoing rehabilitation. Sure enough, we entered this rehabilitation course with our critical low weight. But since we are brave, we decided to go ahead and even start the classes despite the weight. We were delighted and encouraged that this center has very qualified specialists. The special shout out goes to our pediatrician, who, from the first day, undertook to adjust our nutrition. Now we are on a new dietary regime, thanks to which we can see a positive trend. This is our first time having this experience since all our previous rehabilitation courses have ended with weight loss.
After one a week of classes and a corrected diet, Arthur gained 600 grams. It is already evident by just looking at his face that the child is gaining weight. Adjusting our diet meant switching to the same type of food. We agreed on Resource Junior and increased the number of meals per day. We went from feedings three times a day to five times a day, but the same milk with an increased amount. So, now we require 15-16 cans of dry mix Resource Junior a month. We need to stay on this diet for 3-4 months because our primary goal is to reach 13 kg (currently 9kg). With this weight, many blood counts that we now have with deviations from the norm will be normalizing. Plus, this bodyweight will lead to gaining some muscles that we can work with to continue learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge. Thus, we again turn to you, asking to increase the amount of food for us and rejoice with us in our achievements."
Can you help us provide Arthur with an increased amount of formula for the next 3 months?