Chirag’s spina bifida was detected during the pregnancy, and the doctors educated the expecting parents about his condition and the treatments that were to follow.
The surgery took place as planned at four months. Chirag and his parents attended all the post-surgery therapy sessions, which were promising as each session improved his mobility. But his mother’s second pregnancy led to the discontinuation of Chirag’s therapy sessions.
Along with spina bifida, Chirag also experiences paraplegia, which is the paralysis of the torso, legs, and pelvic organs. He was undergoing therapy and treatment for both conditions, but the discontinuation in treatments made Chirag prone to weakness.
After enrolling in the Golden Indian International School, the physical stress increased for Chirag and adversely affected his health. Even though he loved to study and play, he got weaker and had to leave school. His parents sought effective treatments to strengthen him and approached the Unit of Hope.
The Unit of Hope consists of paediatricians, orthopedists, physical and medical rehabilitation specialists (PMR), otolaryngologists, and special trainers. They arranged a complete body check-up for Chirag to know the severity of his challenges. The doctors devised a treatment plan for Chirag, which included continuous physiotherapy sessions and back strengthening exercises. They put him on a diet to help him gain the energy and strength he needs for the sessions.
Association of Persons with Disabilities (APD), with the help of CBM India Trust, provided Chirag with wheelchairs and ankle braces. During the consultations, Chirag learned to independently operate the wheelchair and shift from bed to the wheelchair. At home, changes were made for him, enabling him to access areas he could not earlier.
Chirag wishes to continue his education, and his mother helps him prepare for his upcoming school examinations. These developments have filled Chirag with confidence, and he plans to study hard to build himself a promising career.