Lasha was diagnosed at an early age with cerebral palsy and microcephaly. His parents did not know what to do for their son and were left to care for him to the best of their abilities. Unable to receive adequate care and support, Lasha spent the majority of his life lying in bed. As the years progressed, he developed severe contractures (the shortening and/or stiffening of muscles and connective tissues resulting in decreased movement) and bed sores from remaining in one position.
Today Lasha cannot sit in a wheelchair due to his severe contractures. Lasha cannot speak and is limited to specific noises when he wants food and/or water. Lasha is dependent upon his family to meet every need.
Had Lasha had the benefits of occupational therapy, he would be able to perform meaningful activities and be an active participant in his own life.
Had Lasha had the benefits of physical therapy, he would not be bedbound and unable to move.
Had Lasha had the benefits of speech therapy, he would be able to express his needs/wants either from his voice or from an adaptation.
Had Lasha had the benefits of rehabilitation his life would have been different.
McLain Association for Children is working to bring high quality rehabilitation to everyone who needs it. Through our MAC scholarship program we’re placing Georgian students into US universities. There, these scholars earn Master’s - level degrees in the rehabilitation sciences. Our future Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists then return to Georgia where they will use their new skills and knowledge to support persons like Lasha and their families.
Together we can change the story. Through your support we can train more scholars and ensure that all persons in Georgia receive the care and support they require.