There’s no better way to introduce you to Lukas than with the words of his mother. Read below to hear about Lukas’s extraordinary life and his fierce bravery.
“Lukas was diagnosed with a stroke in the right side of his brain at 5 months of age, but the stroke most likely happened when he was much younger. His stroke has resulted in left-sided weakness and motor deficits. For example, the right side of his brain controls the left side of his body, and has ultimately resulted in him having a diagnosis of left-sided hemiplegic cerebral palsy. To add to his challenges, his optic nerve in his left eye did not develop and he is completely blind in that eye; this is an obstacle that most kids with his form of hemiplegia don’t have to face. In essence, he is living with very limited awareness of the left side of his body,” explains his mom, Chelsea.
For those of us at UCP-OC that have had the pleasure of meeting Lukas and his family, we cannot begin to explain the amount of joy that Lukas brings when he enters a room. Lukas has faced many challenges but with every challenge he meets he brings along his undying courage and determination.
As Chelsea continues, “Kids with hemiplegia, like so many kids with other disabilities, often struggle with the things we take for granted every day like walking, tying shoes, talking, reading, balance and he is effected by seizures. We are working hard to change this for him. The brain has an amazing capacity to change its wiring and with targeted therapies we hope that we will be able to help him not only to recognize, but to utilize his left half of his body more efficiently in the future. UCP-OC has played a critical role in helping us achieve his goals and work toward new ones.”
We have no doubt that Lukas will continue to achieve his goals! Thank you to all our UCP-OC supporters for giving us the opportunity to work with Lukas and help him to reach milestones.
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