A Dream Come True
Aldair was born in the La Paz Women’s Hospital on May 13, 2001, bringing incredible joy to his family as the second child.
But when Aldair was merely one month old, evaluators in the integral development program affiliated with ChildFund International realized he was having problems responding to external stimulation from his mother and caregivers.
The family was referred to the local Children’s Hospital where it was later confirmed that Aldair was born with infant asphyxia, presenting problems in his psychomotor development.
While a physical therapy program on early stimulation was just beginning at the hospital, Aldair’s father refused to accept his child had any developmental problems. Living in a male dominant society, Aldair’s mother accepted her husband’s decision not to enroll her child in the program.
As time passed, Aldair’s neurological deficiencies became more evident. His body was rigid. He could hardly muster enough strength to move. Aldair’s mother return to the hospital and without the consent of her husband enrolled Aldair in therapy.
“I used to tell my husband that I was going to the market or taking my other son to school when I would really be attending the program,” Aldair’s mother said.
For 30 minutes every evening, Aldair’s mother would practice exercises she learned at the hospital with her son. After three years of therapy, Aldair was able to walk on his own and his development improved.
Although he struggled at first with paying attention and integrating with other children in kindergarten, by the end of first grade Aldair’s social and motor skills had positively improved. Now in second grade, Aldair is an excellent reader, solver of math equations and dancer. The natural leader in Aldair shines as he recites and imitates speeches.
Parental participation is key for a child’s recovery. When diagnosed at an early age, neurological problems can improve for a child with integral attention from parents and caregivers alike.
“It is a dream come true,” his mother said. “He goes to school, plays foot ball, dances, has friends, is responsible in his duties and most important, he is able to tell me ‘I love you.’”