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Tiny Feet Making Big Steps
Lily kicking goals with Physiotherapist Sam Jones.

Lily kicking goals with Physiotherapist Sam Jones.

Not-for-profit therapy  centre, Kids Are Kids! are dedicated to helping children with developmental needs and disabilities reach their potential through individualised therapy plans, group programs and parent/caregiver support. Kids Are Kids! are thrilled to be assisting Miracle Babies Foundation this month in launching their ’Miracle Month of May’, helping them toward their mission of better, healthier outcomes for premature and sick newborns and their families.

“In our 20 years of operation there have been so many  stories of success in the difference we’ve been able to bring to the quality of children’s lives. It is such a joy to help babies and children who have been born prematurely to flourish and overcome their challenging start to life”, said Executive Officer of Kids Are Kids!, Lisa Hoffman.

Cheeky and outgoing Lily is now 3 years and 8 months old. She was born by emergency c-section at 26 weeks and 6 days weight 1010g. Her parents and she had a long journey ahead with a 3 month stay at King Edward Memorial Hospital. “It was incredibly overwhelming and scary, a lot of medical equipment attached to her all the time, alarms going off and information to take in. Everyday is a mixture of emotions; fear as she looked so fragile, amazement at her progress and overwhelming love and need to try and protect her. Then, one day you get told you can take your baby home and it is the most amazing feeling”, said Lily’s mother, Jennifer.

Lily spent three months in the neo-natal ward at King Edward Hospital

Lily spent three months in the neo-natal ward at King Edward Hospital

Kids Are Kids! and Miracle Babies Foundation work closely together to ensure that the community of premature babies and their families are supported emotionally and equipped with suitable resources and services to ensure their child can reach their full potential. Jennifer said that network of support and organisations are so important, “ We received support from charities, especially Miracle Babies Foundation during our stay and post discharge. Through Miracle Babies I have met the most incredible people and made lifelong friends, it was a friend at Miracle Babies Foundation who told us about the services at Kids Are Kids!”.

Lily working on her strength and balance in the Xploration Hub.

Lily working on her strength and balance in the Xploration Hub.

Due to Lily’s birth complications she has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (mild left hemiplegia). Lily’s diagnosis means that she experiences some gross motor delays and Physiotherapy with the experienced team at Kids Are Kids! is helping to strengthen her muscles and allow her to reach her developmental milestones. Jennifer is already noticing huge improvements with Lily’s confidence and coordination, “She is tiptoeing less, her jumping has improved and she seems more confident on playground equipment”.

When Lily’s not busy reading books, building blocks, visiting Scitech, the Zoo or enjoying school she loves heading to Therapy at Kids Are Kids! Physiotherapist, Sam Jones says Lily is a delight and is making great progress, “Most of Lily’s therapy goals are worked on in our Sensory Xploration Hub, so Lily has a safe and fun environment to climb, jump and explore – she always loves interacting and having fun so she’s an absolute joy to work with”.

You can donate to Miracle Babies Foundation at any time.

To see the story in The Melville Times click here.

Amy

 

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