Our daughter Samantha was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. She had surgery to close up her back the day after she was born, and a VP shunt was placed in her brain when she was 2 weeks old.
Samantha was expected to be paralyzed from her waist down, and at the very least have difficulty walking; the hydrocephalus had also caused her brain enough malformation that we were told her brain would not grow back. Early Intervention was introduced to us at the hospital, as Samantha would have trouble walking and learning how to do basic life skills. When we brought our baby home, Early Intervention was there to encourage us. We’d already had two children, who are both happy and healthy, but Samantha was different. She took longer to hold her head, longer to roll over, a Long time to sit independently…everything was different than with her siblings. Betsy and Deb were there to help my husband and I thru the challenges of knowing “how far to push” our precious child.
Samantha is now 2 years old, and her therapists work tirelessly to help her practice her walking, crawling, standing, and self-confidence, and Samantha is improving each time! Early Intervention has been a huge blessing in our lives, and our family loves Missy, Deb and Leslie. My husband and I wouldn’t be here in our knowledge of what to expect and how best to help Samantha without Early Intervention.
I thank you for considering our story, and hope you will make a wise decision in favor of helping Early Intervention help more families like us. These people are selfless, hardly having time to take a bathroom break and eat a meal during work hours, because of the high need for special people like them. They want the best for children with special needs, and they go to great lengths to make sure the needs are met. Please support Early Intervention people so they can continue to do what they love. Thank you!