Harry takes his first steps …and it’s all thanks to people like you

Harry takes his first steps …and it’s all thanks to people like you
Posted on Mon 3 Feb 2020

Little Harry was born at just 24 weeks, weighing a tiny 657 grams. It was a scary time for parents Elle and Nathan, having lost their first son soon after birth.

Seeing Harry for the first time, Elle and Nathan felt instant, overwhelming love.

Harry spent his first 105 days in intensive care, before he could go home.

After a long wait, Nathan recalls Harry squinting, when he saw sunshine for the first time. Though they’d cared for him for 15 weeks already, the day Elle, Nathan and Harry walked out of the hospital as a family, felt like the day Harry was born. A new beginning.

But the battle had just begun.

Watch Harry's story here. 

Harry was assessed as being at high risk of cerebral palsy and was referred to us here at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

After assessing areas of concern to work on, Harry received 30 hours of physiotherapy and occupational therapy through the Babies at Risk Program.

This life-changing program receives no government funding. It’s 100% funded through charitable donations from people like you.

Thanks to these gifts, Harry has been able to reach many of his developmental milestones.

When we first shared Harry’s story he was confidently standing on his own and preparing to take his first steps…

Harry is walking independently now and doesn’t need physio as regularly, which we are so over the moon about! CPA have helped us all so much, to understand and learn more about CP and we are forever grateful” – Elle, Harry’s mum.

Thank you to our generous donors, for helping Harry and other babies like him gain access to early intervention.

Without access to this program, babies without a CP diagnosis can wait months to receive vital therapy. This means they can miss the critical window of opportunity to take advantage of neuroplasticity.

The first five years of a child’s life are critical for their brain’s development. The earlier therapy can begin, the more time the brain will have to rewire, relearn and strengthen important connections.

Want to know more about Early Childhood Intervention? Find out more here.

Eight year old Harry's family moved to Australia from the UK to give Harry a better life. His mum, carer and therapist talk about his progress and whether the move was a success. 

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