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Celebrating the success of the rehabilitation programme for 2-year-old Artem

image (1)Artem Vasiliev was born on September 29, 2014 in the city of Surgut, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area of Russia. For the first few months of his life he grew and developed according to expectations for his age and his health didn’t present any apparent issues.

At 8 months old, Artem was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and high intracranial imagepressure. The cause of his condition was a cyst in his brain. Despite successfully conducted bypass surgery, it was required to remove the cyst, which would have otherwise continued to grow and harm the child.

Unfortunately, the cyst removal surgery resulted in a massive brain haemorrhage. Artem spent two months in intensive care in a completely unconscious state. He was subsequently discharged to go home in a poor condition with the diagnosis – minimally conscious state (MCS).

image (2)In order to improve the boy’s condition, he requires constant intensive rehabilitation courses, as well as continuous training with qualified professionals.

At the request of Artem’s mother, Julia, our Charity Foundation sponsored a course of rehabilitation at Galileo-Med Medical Centre in Moscow.

The course has included sessions of different techniques (methods of Vaclav Vojta, Castillo Morales) and included kinesio taping, as well as exercises using a ball and a vibrating platform.

The range of activities and exercises worked wonders for Artem – the muscle tension in his legs decreased, while the muscle tone of his arms significantly increased, and that has been accompanied by an increased duration of conscious time. The boy is even trying to hold his head up by himself now.

This course brought major benefits to Artem’s condition and we wish him further successes with his rehabilitation.