Life teaches us at every moment to move on forward without looking backwards. And in the process of living, learning and realization are two things each and every one procures from …their own and others life well. Over a few months day by day I have been realizing that life at times seem to be too unjust to few people but I guess they are the strongest of us all as they are fighting a silent battle within themselves. I happened to meet such little warriors at Amal Physiotherapy centre ,it was a very touchy experience to see them fighting the condition life has put forth in front of them .Six toddlers all not more than 4 years of age and their mothers showed me not giving up is the biggest victory .
All of the children there suffered from cerebral palsy. Cerebral meaning brain & palsy meaning a condition that is characterized by uncontrollable tremor or quivering of the body or one or more of its parts. cerebral palsy is a collective term that refers to the neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. The part of the brain that controls muscle movements is affected. The most common symptoms of CP are lack of muscle coordination while performing voluntary movements (ataxia); stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity); walking with one foot or leg dragging; walking on the toes, a crouched gait, or a “scissored” gait; and muscle tone that is either too stiff or too floppy. Other neurological symptoms that commonly occur include seizures, hearing loss and impaired vision, bladder and bowel control issues, and pain and abnormal sensations. It cannot be cured, but treatment often improves the child's capabilities. The earlier treatment begins the better chance the child has of overcoming developmental disabilities or learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge him/her. Early intervention, supportive treatments, medications, and surgery can help them improve their muscle control.
At Amal, I could witness that struggle of toddlers towards gaining independency to some extent in day to day living .It was painful to see it but at the same time what more I saw was the spark in their eyes ..The quest to defeat the inadequacy.