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Easter Seals services plus Spencer's strong will equal success

Dec 22, 2013
Source: Submitted Spencer is thriving along with twin sister Olivia, thanks in part to Easter Seals services.

Having a baby is a very exciting time for a new parent, and having twins just doubles that joy. Sarah felt so blessed to be having a boy and a girl. When she delivered two healthy babies, she was on top of the world. Needing services from Easter Seals was the last thing on her mind.

While Olivia seemed to be thriving something seemed to be off with Spencer. A few hours after his birth, the doctors discovered Spencer had experienced something akin to an adult stroke during or shortly after birth. Bad news was to follow and Sarah was told to call in a pastor, because Spencer would not survive.

Spencer is a fighter, and he did survive. Not only did he beat the odds that day, but he survived brain surgery at seven weeks. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy but continues to thrive alongside his sister Olivia.

“Spencer has a very strong will to survive,” Sarah says. “He doesn’t seem to think there’s anything he can’t do.”

Doctors predicted Spencer would never walk, talk or feed himself. Spencer proved them wrong, however, and made great progress with the help of Easter Seals therapies which included occupational, speech and physical therapies along with early childhood education services.

Since Sarah had witnessed great results with Easter Seals earlier in Spencer’s life, she was confident Spencer, who is now 13, would make a swift recovery after his recent orthopedic surgery.

“I have seen more come from his sessions at Easter Seals than school. He is progressing at a faster pace,” Sarah says. “The therapists are wonderful and accommodating. They incorporate games so he doesn’t realize he is stretching. At the end he feels like he is accomplishing something. I enjoy sessions, and it gives me ideas of what I can do at home.”

Spencer, who loves going to the movies and especially loves musicals, continues to prove the doctors wrong. He can feed himself, drink from a cup, take steps with a walker, speak and even has the attitude of a teenager by telling his mom “no.”

“Everything about the kids is a miracle. I was given Spencer. He is a blessing to me,” Sarah says. “They say they are kids with special needs and they are special. There’s no other kid like him in the world. He’s so special, and it doesn’t have anything to do with his disability.”

Easter Seals offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how Easter Seals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.

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