All of us at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County are grateful for the opportunity to help children with disabilities to achieve their full potential, and we couldn’t do it without support from our community. Two-and-a-half-year-old Tosh is an example of the tremendous impact UCP-OC has on children born with or at risk for developing a disability. Tosh’s birth was far from typical. He was delivered stillborn by emergency C-section after an Amniotic Fluid Embolism took his mother’s life. Miraculously, doctors were able to resuscitate him, but little Tosh spent the first three weeks of his life in the NICU faced with a variety of health issues related to his traumatic birth, including a very high risk for cerebral palsy.
When Tosh was released from the hospital, his father Jody was referred to UCP-OC immediately for early intervention therapy. Tosh received weekly therapy sessions at UCP-OC for a year and a half which focused on strengthening his body to sit, crawl, stand, and eventually walk. Progress was slow at first, but through the dedication of his therapist and Jody’s commitment to his son’s progress, this Miracle Baby has done it again – he “graduated” from our therapy program. He is now considered developmentally typical – walking, talking, and functioning as his two-and-a-half-year-old peers do.
“Without UCP-OC I have no doubt Tosh would have significant developmental delays today. I am grateful every day for the care and treatment UCP-OC has provided to our family.” – Jody
UCP-OC not only provides top-quality care for children with disabilities, like Tosh, but is also an invaluable resource for parents, like Jody. No husband and first-time father expects to mourn the passing of his beloved wife on the same day he celebrates the birth of his son. Add to that the challenges Tosh faced for his own survival, and you can see what an incredibly difficult situation Jody was experiencing. Jody says that “throughout the entire process, I always knew UCP-OC was my partner in caring for Tosh. UCP-OC was a home to us, and the staff a part of our family.” Tosh’s success would not be possible without your support.