Stories of Impact
Defying expectations. That is what Lucas has been doing for all his short two years of life. Born four weeks early with hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid in the brain, Lucas’ first six months were a challenge, but that hasn’t slowed him down. With the help of the therapists at Curative’s Birth to Three program, Lucas is a boy with no boundaries.
After complications with surgery to treat his hydrocephalus, Lucas’ doctors determined he would have some developmental delays. But Lucas had something to say about that. “Everybody, from neurology to his physical therapists, are so surprised with his progress,” explains Lucas’ mom, Melissa.
“His vocabulary level is so impressive. You can have a conversation with this kid – no problem. He is speaking at the level of a four- or five-year-old,” says Melissa.
But his hydrocephalus has impacted him in other ways. Lucas has cerebral palsy that causes instability in his hips and he is learning to use a Crocodile gait trainer to get around. “It’s great to have the services of Curative. I don’t know what I’d do without them,” continues Melissa. “And, I don’t know where Lucas would be stuck at right now… if he’d still be crawling or if he would still be babbling just words… without the interaction of the therapists helping him.”
Melissa gets choked up just thinking about the support she has received from Curative. “Going through this makes you feel like you are alone, but then Curative stepped in and I know we’re not alone,” adds Melissa. “We could never have done this without their help. I am so thankful for it. I would recommend them to anybody.” While Lucas is the one who has been going to Curative for therapy, Melissa feels she has gained just as much from them. “There are so many questions a parent like me has, and Curative has had the answers” adds Melissa. “Curative is the ‘Go-To Resource’ everyone in our situation needs to have on their side.”