“Yevhen loves designing and building all kinds of things”
For the first two and a half months of his life, Yevhen remained in the hospital unable to come home. He was born premature at 26 weeks and needed close monitoring.
At home, Yevhen did not meet the typical milestones that most healthy babies do during their first year of life. He seemed to have difficulty turning over or using his legs. When Yevhen was only 8 months old, his doctors delivered the news to his parents. Yevhen was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP).
Cerebral palsy affects the motor area of the brain’s outer layer, the part that directs muscle movements. For now, there is no cure for CP.
Yevhen requires physical therapy five times a week to help strengthen his legs, back, and other muscles.
A few months ago, Yevhen underwent a surgical procedure, selective dorsal rhizotomy, on his lower spinal cord. With this surgery, the nerves in the spinal cord are separated then identified via an electrical stimulation. Following identification, certain sensory nerve fibers in the spinal cord are cut.
Yevhen uses a walker, although his doctors encourage him to use his legs. He does need to use a wheelchair for long distance walking or when traveling.
This happy, outgoing 7-year-old loves to build things. Fortunately, Yevhen has suffered no brain damage from his CP and uses his artistic abilities to create all kinds of things with his Legos, a favorite toy. Along with collecting lots of Legos, he likes adding to his train collection. He also dreams of owning a game system with games that develop the players building skills.
Kids Wish Network can’t wait to send Yevhen on a shopping spree so he can add to both collections and choose other fun toys kids his age so enjoy!