Wish Book: New Country Means Fresh Beginning for Teen with Cerebral Palsy

Wish Book: New Country Means Fresh Beginning for Teen with Cerebral Palsy

By Ana Veciana-Suarez

Margarita Lopez lives for days like this one — when son Samuel Saez is not crying, when he responds to her caresses, when he seems to know what’s going on around him. There aren’t many of these, but enough to keep her going.

“You learn to treasure mornings like this,” says Lopez, 44. “You thank God for them”

Samuel, 13, has cerebral palsy. He cannot see except, perhaps, shadows. He cannot speak. He spends most of his time in a wheelchair or propped on a living room sofa, unable to stretch out his legs. He can hear, however, and he recognizes his mother’s voice and his sister’s. When his 8-month-old niece jostles into the room in her pink walker, he turns his head and seems to gurgle something.

“I know he recognizes the children,” Lopez says. “He gets very upset when they cry.”

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