7-year-old Sofia Meller greatly benefited from dolphin therapy

IMG_4460Sofia Meller is a very communicative and cheerful girl from the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Sofiyka, as her mother affectionately calls her, was born on August 4, 2009 in a very serious condition, without making a sound and without a heartbeat. The child was immediately connected to a ventilator and was transferred to the intensive care unit, where she spent several weeks.

As a consequence of a difficult birth came the diagnoses – severe perinatal CNS IMG_4381damage, cerebral palsy and hyperkinetic syndrome.

Being seven years old, Sofia understands everything and perseveres with crawling and walking with assistance. She loves to paint finger paintings, sculpt with dough and play in the sand.

Sofia’s mother, Yuliana asked our Charitable Foundation “Happiness is” to sponsor a course of dolphin therapy in the Dolphinarium located in the town of Anapa, on the coast of the Black Sea.

IMG_4462We gladly arranged the course of psychological correction with the participation of dolphins, as well as round trip tickets for Sofia and her mother from Nizhny Novgorod to Anapa and back to Nizhny Novgorod.

Classes at the dolphinarium comprised of many and varied activities. Sofia stroked a dolphin with her hands and feet, doused it with water, threw plastic rings for it and listened to sonar – ultrasounds of dolphins, which positively affect the brain cortex of a child. And, of course, she tried the most important activity – riding on a dolphin and holding its fins.

Sofia experienced many positive emotions as she learned to communicate and overcome her fears. As a result, her emotional development benefited, as well as speech development in the form of using new syllables.
We wish the Meller family further progress and success!