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Dolphin and Equine Therapy for Matvey Shahin

Matvey Shahin, from the city of Ryazan, is eight years old. Throughout his life, and DSC_0109with the support of his parents, he has been combating the effects of cerebral palsy, dystonic tetraparesis and dyskinetic syndrome, as well as mental and speech development delay.

Though 8 years old, Matvey can speak only a few words, and every additional word comes to him through months of training and treatment. As a result of continuous courses of DSC00111rehabilitation, the boy learned to walk, albeit not very confidently, and can manage short journeys up and down the stairs using the railing.

TDSC01186he dream of this child and his parents is for Matvey to go to school. In order to achieve this, it is crucial to continue with intensive training and rehabilitation courses.

Matvey’s mum, Oksana turned to our Foundation with a request for further help with his rehabilitation, and we responded by sponsoring courses at the Morskaya Zvezda (‘Starfish’) Dolphinarium for dolphin and equine therapy.

Matvey was able to undergo a rehabilitation course in the Dolphinarium, where he learn to swim with the dolphins on his own and also immensely enjoyed working with the horses.

It has long been known that rehabilitation procedures involving animals can invoke stunning results. We are confident that the new skills and positive emotions he has experienced will significantly aid in his recovery and bring Matvey closer to his dream.