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In December 2015, the Foundation sponsored the rehabilitation of eight-month-old Valeria Arkhipova at the Galileo Med Medical Centre

Lera Arkhipova is a tiny eight-month-old girl from the town of Bugulma, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. From her birth, the baby’s parents have been fighting for her life and health. Little Lera underwent a difficult birth,20160111_Леры Архиповой1 after20160111_Леры Архиповой3 which she spent 7 days in intensive care, including 5 days on a lung ventilator. This was followed by a traumatic barrage of diagnoses including spastic tetraparesis, partial atrophy of the optic nerves, hearing loss in one ear of the third degree, no sucking reflex, and a weakly expressed swallowing reflex.

After discharge from the hospital, Lera and her parents began a complex and difficult path to recovery. Along her journey were hospital check-ups, medication, therapeutic massages, exercise therapy, visits to an osteopath, observation by a neurologist, a trip to the Czech Republic for a rehabilitation course and Vojta therapy courses. This is an ongoing process of small, individual steps towards the restoration of this child’s health. At the request of the Lera’s mother, Marina, the Foundation paid for a rehabilitation course at the Moscow Medical Centre.

Courses for Lera have entailed sessions using a variety of methods including a Galileo vibration plate, sessions with a speech therapist and defectologist, logopedic massage, and the training in rehabilitation techniques for Lera’s mother to continue the good work at home.

The results of the ongoing treatment are clearly visible with a decrease in Lera’s spasticity, while her motor activity has increased, which has aided her body in becoming stabilised. There is also a significant psychological and emotional improvement. Upon successful completion of her rehabilitation course, Lera and her mother returned home. As we all know, New Year’s Eve 20160111_Леры Архиповой2is a time when people hope for their most cherished dreams to come true! We have decided to make a gift to Lera – a Bumbo Floor Seat And Play soft baby armchair for her to learn how to sit up and discover the world around her.

We congratulate the Arkhipov family on a Happy New Year and hope that our gift will bring them a little bit closer to their cherished dream – to cure their daughter.