Abdullah Azmi
Abdullah Azmi

MR scan of Abdullah revealed cerebellar hypoplasia with posterior fossa CSF intensity cyst, representing Dandy walker variant; left temporal lobe atrophy ; delayed milestones.  His therapy under Dr. Vasa started at an age of 9 yrs.

Abdullah - before VASA CONCEPT

Abdullah had delayed milestones along with mental retardation.  He would not pay attention to anybody talking or anybody doing any activity, which is how he never could learn anything.  He could crawl but was unable to stand or walk.  He had very weak muscles and bones.

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

2010

  • Aug - Dec

    • Abdullah is doing exercises very well.  He is doing all the ball exercises well.  He balances himself very well and reaches for objects hanged above his head.
    • He is taking weight on his hands when in dog and cobra position.
    • He is very lazy and doesn’t want to do any exercise.
    • He is doing dog cobra well but his abdomen doesn’t touch the floor because of the contracture at hip level.
    • He pays no attention to the person talking with him.
    • He is not able to do any given activity as he is not able to maintain any eye contact with the object.
    • He just likes to sit at the window and stare at the world outside.
    • He starts crying while doing exercise if he sees any relative nearby.
    • He only likes ball balancing where there is no pain to the body.

    He is taking weight on his hands when in dog and cobra position.

    Abdullah when he came first time to Dr. Vasa

2011

  • Jan - Jun

    Visible Progress

    • Now he is able to concentrate at objects.
    • He is able to follow our commands at times, though not always.
    • He can look for coins in colored water and in bowl full of rice.  He tries to search coins.
    • His hand muscles have started developing because of the hand activities that he is doing.
    • He now does his exercises quietly.
    • He has been put on diet so he is becoming thin.
    • He has been eating only fruits for quite some time.  Because of this the appearance of his skin has improved.  There is some shine on his face and he looks more active than before.
    • He has a game named plot 4 in which he has to put the given coins into the holes and he is able to do it.  Earlier he never paid attention at one object for such long time.
    • After the cycling exercise was started for Abdullah, he started getting boils one after another on his legs and finally they went away and thereafter the spasticity in his legs also reduced to a greater extent.
    • As the exercises are becoming harder, he cries a lot throughout the exercise time. 
    • He knows alphabet A to H now.  He likes to read the flashcards.
    • He tried to eat cut pieces of mango with fork and his hand –to-mouth coordination is improving day by day.

    He has a game named plot 4 in which he has to put the given coins into the holes and he is able to do it.  Earlier he never paid attention at one object for such long time.

    Abdullah - Extending Arms, Picking FruitToys
  • Jul - Dec

    Visible Progress:

    • In the car when he was with his father, he opened bottle himself and drank the water; everyone was pleasantly surprised.  Earler when he was thirsty,I used to feed him water with the help of a glass but now he wants to drink water on his own. No more feedings to my child.
    • Regarding his abdomen, he had clearly divided abdomen into two parts because of no muscle activity. Now it has become leveled and his abdominal muscles have developed.
    • Earlier he had no muscles in his extremities it was as it is as if they are flat. Now we can feel muscles developing into his arm, forearm, foot, calf, thigh etc. He is growing stronger day by day.
    • Plot 4 game were ewe have to put the coins in the given holes, now he plays it well.  Earlier he had no concentration at all. He never could do any given task due to lack of attention.  Now he can also look into books and see pictures which he has never done earlier anytime.
    • He has become very active and sharp and trying to speak a lot.
    • He had a scar on his forehead which was there since 2-3 years of age.  Doctors said it is due to calcium deficiency.  That scar has almost diminished now slowly after starting with Rajul madam’s therapy.
    • One day he suddenly said apple looking in the book.
    • Now he also gets angry and does not like if anyone is talking against him.  There were no emotional reactions earlier.
    • Now sometimes he tells pointing to his pants that he wants to go to the loo.  Earlier he never used to tell us.  Also earlier after peeing in his pants he used to move around the house, now when he does urinate ,he sits in one place and does not move at all.     

    In the car when he was with his father, he opened bottle himself and drank the water; everyone was pleasantly surprised.  Earler when he was thirsty,I used to feed him water with the help of a glass but now he wants to drink water on his own. No more feedings to my child.

    Abdullah - Eating Mango with Folk

2012

  • Jan - Jun

    Visible Progress:

    • Now his legs have become very straight due to stretching exercise. Earlier when made him to lie down on the floor, his knees used to be flexion and his spine was not straight. Now his knees are parallel to ground and spine has also become straight.
    • He is trying to get up on his own from squat position.
    • Ever since we have started this exercise of getting up from squat position, he sits in front of mirror and tries to get up on his own.
    • He is very happy nowadays.
    • He enjoys company of children of his age.  He mixes with them quite well.
    • He is now walking down the slope. This exercise makes him totally exhausted.
    • He wants to show others that he is better than everybody else, so if we tell him to do something in front of others, he does it.
    • Because of more difficult exercises, nowadays he gets more hungry and literally snatches food from other peoples plate.
    • Now he can identify his mother, even in burkha  when she comes from outside and enters the building and Abdullah would be sitting at window of his 5th floor house.  Even then he identifies his mother now.
    • He has become very intelligent.  He now understands what we are talking about him or others and reacts accordingly.
    • He now goes and sits in everybody’s lap indicating that protect me, I don’t want to do exercise.
    • He now eats and drinks with his own hands.
    • He tries to show his best in front of his father.
    • He identifies his father’s clothes and spects and would give it to him when asked for.

    Now his legs have become very straight due to stretching exercise. Earlier when made him to lie down on the floor, his knees used to be flexion and his spine was not straight. Now his knees are parallel to ground and spine has also become straight.

    Abdullah - Standing
  • Jun 12 - Mar 13

    • When we made him stand in sand for more than 3 hours, he got loose motions 4-5 times a day, which were dark in color and had very foul smell.
    • Once on his own, he got up to standing from squat posture.
    • After starting new skating exercise in month of May, he is very much trying to stand alone from squat posture.
    • On 26 June 2012, it was Abdullah’s birthday.  We never celebrate it.  Though Abdullah knows how his other cousins celebrate his birthday.  Earlier he never had any realization about any special days.  This birthday, he somehow came to know it is some special day and he kept clapping throughout the day so much that we had to order a cake at night and call kids from nearby homes to celebrate his birthday. He was very happy.
    • Now he is able to sit in Indian toilet posture while doing potty. Earlier he used to do potty sitting in special chair.
    • With separation of legs on powdered surface of floor, his adductor muscle tightness has reduced a lot.  His distance between two legs has increased.
    • He can keep his knees straighter while standing now.
    • Now his knees have become more flexible.  He can now do frequent sitting and standing very smoothly without any stiffness and pain at knees.
    • He can stand for 2-3 seconds on his own.
    • He now balances himself very well.  Never lets himself fall even with any push.
    • Now he does all exercises for more time and almost by himself.
    • His understanding has improved a lot.  Now in real sense he has become an active member of our family.

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