Eight months is a long time in the life of a four-year-old, but for little Addy Laws, it is only the start of a new journey giving hope to a brighter future.
In March, Addy Laws and her mum, Alicia Streater, took the first step on that journey in Melbourne where the young cerebral palsy sufferer underwent ground-breaking TheraSuit treatment, a program developed in the US specifically to help youngsters with Addy’s condition.
The TheraSuit stimulates muscle responses in the legs. Its calico frame is covered with long bungey-like cords which require the wearer to perform a series of intense exercises while sitting and standing with an emphasis on “power plays” through a vibration machine.
Alicia said the program’s director Chad Timmermans said Addy was a “hard case” when she baulked at some of the weighted exercise regimes.
Despite this, Alicia and her family can already see huge improvement in Addy’s movement, strength and reactions.
“We flew to Melbourne in early April and with two other families, Addy worked with Chad Timmermans for three hours a day, five days a week over three weeks,” Alicia said.
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