An image of a mother supporting her daughter to walk

Carol, supporting her daughter Sofia to walk at The Action Foundation Kibera Center

Sofia, a child with cerebral palsy, has faced numerous obstacles throughout her life. Born at Coast General Hospital, her delivery was complicated by birth asphyxia, resulting in a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Raised by her single mother, Carol, Sofia’s journey has been marked by incredible strength and perseverance.

From a young age, Sofia began attending therapy sessions at various centers in an effort to work on her developmental milestones. However, progress was limited until a caregiver attending therapy at The Action Foundation (TAF) recommended the center to Carol and Sofia. In March 2021, they joined the therapy program at TAF, determined to give Sofia the best possible chance at progress and development.

The impact of therapy at TAF was profound. Sofia made significant strides in her development, achieving milestones such as head control, trunk stability, sitting, standing, and even taking her first steps with minimal support. Through consistent therapy intervention and home-based facilitation, Sofia improved her fine motor skills and even started communicating with her mother. Oral motor muscle stimulation using an electric toothbrush played a role in her progress, as did the anticonvulsant medication that helped reduce her seizures.

Carol, as a single mother, faced financial difficulties in seeking therapy services, purchasing medication, and arranging for daycare. The challenges were further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected her business. However, Carol’s love for her daughter and her strong resolve propelled her forward. She sought support, adapted to the changing circumstances, and ensured that Sofia continued to receive the care she needed.

Sofia’s journey is a powerful reminder of the impact of early intervention, therapeutic support, and the resilience of parents in overcoming challenges. Her progress at TAF showcases the profound effect that dedicated professionals and a supportive environment can have on a child’s development. Sofia’s story is an inspiration to all families navigating similar paths, reminding them that with love, support, and determination, extraordinary achievements are possible.