Kartik Desai
Kartik Desai

Diagnosed as quadriplegic CP with dystonia, Kartik had hyperdensity of the left-sided vitreous; left-sided complete fixed closed funnel retinal detachment with cystic degeneration.  He could not see with this eye.  He always used right eye to see by turning head neck. The only movement he could manage to do was rolling over. He had severe feet ankle plantar flexion. His toes touched floor in supine.  He started with Vasa Therapy at age of 5 years.


Kartik - before VASA CONCEPT

Kartik’s physiotherapy started as early as 3-4 months for his delayed developmental milestones.  At age 7 months, he couldn’t hold his neck and turn over.  By the age of 5, Kartik had undergone almost all the therapies that his parents could provide him.  Yet when he came to Dr. Vasa, he had a left lazy eye (due to retinal detachment) and calcium deposit on retina, he could not see with his left eye therefore he used to tilt his neck to the left in order to see with right eye. He was very hyper, kicking both his legs constantly.  He was moving in circular path in the same orbit.  He had severe scissoring of his legs, hip knee flexion contracture with toes touching the floor in supine position.  He was unable to sit cross-legged.

Following is an account of observation made by Kartik's parents over the years while being treated with VASA CONCEPT

2008

  • Jan - Dec

    Visible Progress

    • He is very happy and playful, and he can express himself more clearly than before.
    • His sleep also has improved; he is sleeping more calmly and relaxed.
    • He has started pointing his toys or something that he wants with his INDEX FINGER, before he used to point his hand or all five fingers together.
    • Now it is easy to carry him on my side of the body and he clings on me very easily and does not slide down any more.
    • He is more happy and confident.
    • He can open his leg so wide that we can carry him on our side of back, and it is not painful for him.
    • His appetite has improved and he is no more constipated and passes stools daily.
    • He is becoming more clear in order to pointing things what he wants.  He is happy overall and less hyperactive.
    • When we started Vasa Concept, it was difficult for him to sit in namaaz position/vajraasanaa for more than 2 minutes which has improved to 15 minutes now and that too with ease.
    • He can take good weight on his hand while walking on his hand or doing exercises on ball.
    • He can lift his trunk very nicely.
    • He is using his hands more as compared to before. The control & co-ordination of hands is also improved.  Appearance of the hands and fingers has changed in terms of size and shape and feel.  There was some kind of hollowness in his palms which has greatly improved now.
    • Shape and size of the feet has also changed.  The length of foot has increased little and foot has become broad at fingers like an adult.  Earlier he always used to spread the small toes; this does not happen now and great toe which he used to keep extended, the tendency has reduced but still it is there.
    • The dystonia of his hands has almost disappeared.  Now, whenever he is excited for something only at that time dystonia is seen, otherwise most of the times he is using his hand for good purposes.
    • Earlier he used to keep his feet rotated outwards and tip-toed, but now this happens only when he gets excited.
    • Earlier because of not so good head control, he used to see the objects by moving more of eyeball than his neck but now he is also turning his head towards the object he wants to see.
    • He is making more babbling sounds from mouth.  He produces louder sounds than before.  He actually shouts now.
    • He can now have variety of foods and he enjoys now.  He is happy with different kinds of taste.
    • He is no more as floppy as he was before.
    • He used to keep his thumb folded inside his palm before, now I notice he keeps it normally, only sometime he fists.
    • His eye control and way of looking at object has improved.
    • He can eat himself much better than before.  He puts food directly in his mouth in less time.

    He is using his hands more as compared to before. The control & co-ordination of hands is also improved.  Appearance of the hands and fingers has changed in terms of size and shape and feel. There was some kind of hollowness in his palms which has greatly improved now.

    Kartik - clapping

2009

  • Jan - Dec

    Visible Progress:

    • His height and weight has increased a bit and his head circumference has also increased a bit.
    • His legs look stronger as well as his hands and palms.
    • His legs and heels are changed into like a boy's legs and heels; before it used to look like infants leg.
    • Color of feet also changed from baby pink to skin color as it should look like.
    • His left eyeball is now more under control as his way of looking object is much more improved.
    • Before while he was standing on his own he use to stand on his toe and he use to scissor both of his legs, even while he was lying on floor or bed and playing his both legs use to be scissored, now his pelvis is much more loose and he is not doing his legs stiff and scissor. Thanks to Dr. Vasa.
    • His understanding level gone much more higher.
    • He is become more clear towards thing he wants and he can express his feelings much clearly than before.
    • He is behaving like mature and understanding boy than before.
    • His attitude towards family members and other people as he is more clear about what he want and what behavior people r doing with him, as he will give his response according to that.
    • He is more happy than before as he feels he is capable enough to do few things than before, he is giggling and making so much different kind of noises.
    • Earlier of all his treatments some them were painful, some of them he use to enjoy, but there wasn't so much difference; he use to accept it and let it go. Now his reactions are more clear if he doesn't like something he will show it and if he is happy with something or enjoying something he will ask to do that again.
      Even his exercises he is enjoying now so he doesn't complain so much what he use to do before.

    Jan - Dec

    His left eyeball is now more under control as his way of looking object is much more improved.

    Kartik - good loading on hands

2010

  • Jan - Dec

    Visible Progress:

    • Now he is more independent as he can sit on his own and play with all his toys what he couldn't do before so he is so happy and confident, he wants to show all that he can do such things and expect compliments from them.
    • Now if he loses his balance or so he cries and wants to come up again and play alone.
    • He was a healthy boy overall with no repeated episodes of illness.  For last few months with therapy he is throwing lot of sticky mucus and vomiting episodes, diarrhea, etc.  But Dr. Vasa had warned us this will happen as the therapy is also going to detoxify his body.
    • Overall he has become really stronger as he can do few of his exercise which was difficult for him before he is doing it so easily, even pull ups on the rod is becoming easy for him.
    • His food intake is becoming good than before.  Earlier, we had to feed him forcefully time to time; now when it is time for his meals he asks for food and he is eating well also. Now he has his own choice also. The food he doesn't like he refuses to eat. He started liking big range of variety of food and he takes his own time to eat his meal.
    • He will sit on dining chair and eat his meal nicely like a big boy.
    • He has retinal detachment in his left eye and according to eye specialist he has no vision in his left eye. Because of this condition his left eyeball is lazy and it was not moving as normal. He use to see the object with one eye by bending his neck one side all the time, now with all the exercises his way of looking is changed as he see quite normally towards his toys, books or person around him.
    • With all these year we use to do different kind of treatments and never use to get real results as we wanted and as the therapist use to promise, with Dr. Vasa’s exercises we got a very good result in short period of time and we still getting more and more improvement as days are passing.
    • Now all family members are so much happy with his progress and they really enjoying to play with him and they want to pass time with him as everyone got hope for him and they trust he will be right soon.
    • His father is really happy and he is exited for him. He is fully committed towards Kartik and wants to follow as Dr. Vasa guides us. He made me free from all other responsibilities as I can concentrate on Kartik more than anything else.  Even other members of the family, as we are staying in joint family are supporting me so much as I am not bounded much with other responsibilities.
    • We are seeing see very good result as Kartik could stand on his own for some time few months back (he was on his toe) and we are hoping for him to walk.

    Now all family members are so much happy with his progress and they really enjoying to play with him and they want to pass time with him as everyone got hope for him and they trust he will be right soon.

    Kartik - playing in water

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