Where do we start with the funny and full of charisma Yankho Patrick?!
Cerebral Palsy in children can affect motor skills, fine motor coordination, and muscle tone. Negatively impacting the child’s movement, affecting sensory skills, speech and language, and social and emotional development, hence causing delays in meeting childhood milestones.
However, with the right treatment, care, and fantastic support, children can continue to thrive, overcome barriers, meet those all-important milestones, and live a full life.
While in the care of the great team at Open Arms, Yankho was placed on a nutritional diet and provided with regular physiotherapy to increase his range of movement, and social, emotional, and behavioral development plans to help provide Yankho with the best possible start to life.
Fortunately, Yankho is going from strength to strength, and we are so pleased with his progress and determination. So much so, that we’re delighted to say Yankho returned home to his family on 4th March 2021.
Support through outreach
Yankho has not returned to live with his elderly Grandparents but instead, his Aunt, who lives in Mbayani, Blantyre, close to Open Arms. Our team has been working closely with the family for a long time now to make sure everyone is fully prepared for the additional care that Yankho will need as he grows and develops.
With four cousins to play with and learn from, we’re confident Yankho will come on leaps and bounds.
However, our outreach team is never too far away. With regular monitoring and support available to the family, we aim to provide the necessary tools for families and children in Malawi to thrive.
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