30 doctor visits before Cerebral Palsy was diagnosed
Fatoun first started worrying about her son Yousef, one of triplets, when he failed to reach development milestones. She took him to a local doctor who told her that he would never talk, walk or communicate, and that his disability was so severe that there was no treatment possible.
Fatoun visited more than 30 doctors before finally being referred to the Princess Basma Centre for Disabled Children. Yousef was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He had sensory problems, poor head and trunk control, poor sitting balance, and he wasn’t able to use any social signs or facial expressions.
Yousef’s treatment at the Basma centre included a comprehensive rehabilitation program including physio, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy. Fatoun said “I felt at home at the centre – the therapist answered my questions, giving me the right tools to deal with Yousef”. Yousef can now walk indoors using the walkers with a very good control and balance. He also can express himself by smiling and using all kinds of facial expressions. Yousef is now 3 years old. He will continue to receive therapies at the Centre in order to achieve a level of independence and improvement in his quality of life.