2012

  • Sep - Dec

    • Hetal joined treatment of Dr. Vasa on 3rd September 2012 at age 4 yrs.  By this time, we parents had tried various therapies including stem cell and were depressed mentally as well as financially.  Just before joining Dr. Vasa, we were advised Botox and also an eye surgery to correct the squint in her right eye which they thought was hindering her vision.
    • When we visited the center for first time, we mingled with other parents with children above 8 and 12 and they said how their children got stiff and contracted despite spending money on therapy in different special centers almost since being an infant before they came to Dr. Vasa at a late age of the child. We got little relaxed thinking that we were lucky enough to know about Dr. Vasa at this early age of 4. When we spoke to Dr. Vasa, she explained us the importance of time and starting the appropriate therapy at young age when the brain of the child is rapidly undergoing developmental changes.  She made us realize the importance of time by telling us that every day and each second of your child’s life is crucial. We felt we were spending away so much time of our life and Hetal’s life time carrying her to different doctors travelling, and sitting outside the waiting rooms of therapists to get only 30-40 minutes of therapy every day during which she cried and felt helpless and we felt sorry she was crying all the time when Hetal actually needed to work with brain and body for several hours every day.
    • Within two months of starting the treatment with Dr. Vasa, we could see that Hetal’s hip contracture started releasing and her hip became more relaxed.  While getting into cobra posture, by the end of October, her pelvis was almost touching the floor; though it was a difficult task to begin with. Initially we had to passively press hard upon her pelvis to bring it in contact with the floor.  We never knew this stiffness until we ourselves started working on our child.  Secondly, we were wondering how so much spasticity could develop as we had been taking Hetal to therapists right from the age of 7 months and she was on antispastic drugs as well for all these years. Therapists too had been working hard on stretching muscles and reducing the spasticity, yet Hetal had developed a great deal of pelvis hip knee flexion contracture.
    • She is now able to maintain herself in dog posture for few seconds; we do have to provide little support at the elbow.
    • In the month of November, Hetal could do dog to cobra very smoothly and for longer duration.  Dr. Vasa has educated us about brain development requiring repetition of exercises.  Doctor repeats that we are working towards brain development and 30-40 minutes of passive therapy and rest of the time child lying passive in bed is never going to be sufficient for the brain to inlay the desirable brain connections among brain centers.  We have to facilitate the child with safe postures to provide the brain with appropriate sensory inflow and await desired motor outflow keeping in mind that brain is an action-reaction organ. We reap what we sow! Now, we are doing 5-6 hours of therapy per day as advised by Dr. Vasa.
    • Her back muscles have become strong.  Her sitting in Buddha posture also has improved.  Her trunk control is improving.  With the healthy diet that has been advised, she has become very active; not lethargic as before.
    • In the month of December, all the exercises that she was doing, she could do them for longer durations and with more flexibility. 
    • Now in dog posture, if we hold her at the trunk, she tries to crawl about 5-6 steps.  Though madam has told us not to force her to do so; she will do it on her own when her body is prepared to do the same.  “There has to be a connection between the brain, body and gravity for a movement to emerge automatically this is how even we grew up exploring the surroundings”, Dr. Vasa explains.
    • Earlier she had a very stiff body.  She used to always keep her both hand fisted. She always kept her right hand bend towards shoulder.  Even her legs were stiff.  But now after exercise her stiffness has reduced a lot and most importantly without any medicine.   Now that her hands have opened up with exercises, she can reach out for objects and is frequently making use of her hands on her own for different activities.
    • Her speech has improved.  She can now speak more words, more clearly and loudly.  This has happened as even the spasticity around the neck and jaw region has reduced now.  She is even able to chew and swallow her food more easily.
    • The stiffness in her whole body has reduced a lot with the active exercises that she is doing.  Previously she used to fall at times even in sitting posture as there was lot of contracture at hip, now she doesn’t allow herself to fall even if somebody pushes her.  She manages to stretch out her arm and prevents herself from falling.  
    • loading of hand on ball
    • Monkey on rod
    • Dog cobra
    loading of hand on ball

2013

  • Jan - Mar

    • In the month of January 2013, we can see the progress of Hetal as her speech is becoming clear with each passing day. Her hand stiffness has reduced and she can write E, F, H, I, L and T with the help of chalk on slate.
    • On 27 January 2013, Hetal spontaneously started crawling on her own without any support; we couldn’t believe our eyes, we were delighted to see her crawling.
    • We used to always feed her till January 2013. After January, we started training her to eat on her own. Initially she used to cry to eat on her own but now she has started to eat.  She can cut bajri roti into pieces on her own and she eats it with sabji. She is also trying to eat semisolid food with spoon. She is also trying to drink water on her own.
    • Her eye sight has improved.  Her speech is improved.  Right hand movements are improved.
    • She has started using her left hand now; previously she never did this; she used to keep her both hands tightly fisted.
    • Now in the month of March, we see that Hetal’s face is looking so bright, she has become so active, her hips, thigh muscles are developing so well, and now that she has begun crawling, she is moving all around the house and in real sense now she has begun to enjoy life like every other child does.
    • Hetal tells us about nature’s calls and whenever she wants to go to toilet.  Earlier we had to put diaper whenever we used to go out.  Now we have stopped using diaper, it is saving money.  We use diaper only in school for safety purpose.  We are very happy that she has developed control over bladder and bowel sensation. 
    • Hetal has a problem in moving her tongue from left to right and right to left but has started speaking though her speech is not clear she tries to speak.   She speaks one word like Papa, Baba, Mama, Kaka etc.  She now also can speak Laa, Va, Ta, Tha, Da, Dha, Ra etc.; now she can speak all the words.  .  Now she can speak sentences, sing poems etc.
    • Earlier Hetal’s activities were very poor.  She was so used to being idle in one place.  Now her activity has improved because of reduction in stiffness and is becoming more active.  Now she can put rings in cone.  She started playing with peg and hammers.  She likes to play in water.  She can thread beads.  She is more expressive about her needs.  She demands whatever she wants.
    • Hetal had become very quiet over the years of therapy with various doctors.  She used to get frightened and cry a lot each time we took her out of home to some new doctor or therapist.  She used to fear the painful stretching done by the therapists.  Hetal used to never interact with anyone. She was very reserved kind of person and never used to go to anybody. Now with Dr. Vasa’s treatment, Hetal understands everything.  She has made huge improvement with regard to social, psychological, emotional, intellectual, behavioral front.  She is now very confident and cheerful.  She loves to go out.  She likes to go to School, interact with her friends and she likes to play with them.  She even knows the teachers and friends names.  She can speak A to Z alphabets.  She can count 1 to 100 numbers.   She can sing poems, understand colors, shapes and she is very sharp in reading. Her grasping power has improved a lot. She likes to interact with family members also.  Hetal is very emotional.  If we shout for no reason then she feels bad and starts crying.  She is very co-operative while doing exercise.  She never cries. She likes to watch advertise, Chhota Bhim and likes to hear classical music.
    • Now Hetal has no tightness in her limbs and would not be required to take any Botox or undergo any surgery for squint eye as the problem is reducing day by day.  Dr. Vasa has saved us from any further monetary losses. Vasa Concept is a miracle as in case of our child it has worked on training her brain, reduce her spasticity, her bladder bowel control, her vision, her speech, her memory, her digestion, her skin texture improvement, opening of the hands which we could never dream of, her intellect, her behavior, her balance; previously she was unable to sit and would fall due to severe hip contracture, her movement; now she has begun crawling and exploring the world.  So it is one Vasa Concept working against so many problems of a cerebral palsy child. I think with moving around a lot on her own began her intellectual growth too.  All these things we have noticed in our child and that too in a short period of just 6 months. Thanks to Dr. Vasa. 

    Hetal began crawling for first time in her life on January 18, 2013. She joined us in September 2012; at that time she could sit with hunch back with support and only creep forward.

    • Hetal Duck walk
    • Hetal kneeling reaching for toys
    Hetal Crawling

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