In a world where uncertainty prevails, a remarkable boy emerges, born with a mysterious and undiagnosed disorder that affects the functionality of his limbs. His mother, an unwavering source of strength, has been lifting him for eight years, facing rejection from schools that deemed him a burden. Despite her loss of hope and financial struggles, she clings to the last thread of hope for her eight-year-old son, Prince, who was born different. In the face of adversity, they strive not just to survive but to thrive. Life, though challenging, calls for perseverance and self-confidence as they navigate this extraordinary journey.
Both arms and legs are disabled.
That means he doesn’t walk easily like anyone else.
He has to crawl or else i have to lift him.
After he was born, doctors told me i have delivered a child who is abnormal and they urged me to make a follow-up on his life, that after some time he might start working as normal.
So i did whatever possible way for my boy to come to normal.
There are some health experts i met who gave him physiotherapy treatment to restore, maintain and make the most of princess mobility, function and have healthy fitness.
A period of physiotherapy came to an end and doctors concluded that my son needs a surgery and should be operated, and that’s why our treatment journey ended, because the surgery fee was not affordable to us.
We had given everything we had, whether as a family and some other relatives who contributed, but we could not make it.
Those experts said that only a foundation could help us.
We went to different foundations and organizations, but none of those foundations helped.
When we saw that a surgery is not possible at that moment, i decided to take him in the physiotherapy to see whether he can have fitness.
I could always take him there and after a period of one year i ran out of money, but doctors had concluded that the only solution to my boy’s condition was a surgery.
I went almost everywhere seeking help, within churches, streets, market, everywhere, but all in vain.
I stopped taking prince to the hospital since 2013 up to now, in 2020, the stage where other children tried to stand between 6 and 7 months.
He could only see it.
I had to stop some activities and keep lifting him or carry him in the back the whole day, where there’s some few activities that i had to do.
While carrying him in my park when Prince had more than one year, that’s when he started going the way he does today and play with kids of the same age-
I started putting him in the basin so as to make strong his back and see if his back would be strong enough to let him sit.
Well, i had to bring him some toys to distract him and, by God’s mercy, he was able to sit.
I was happy seeing him seated, other than sleeping the whole day, as i did before.
When i produced him, his legs were somewhat carved and bent inside, but after helping him with physiotherapy, began becoming straight, not bent as before, and legs became fit and strong, and later he started being able to wear.
Before he could not wear, i would dress him with a shirt and it could become a scarf, but now he wears each and everything
And they fit him.
Sam applies to shoes.
By now he can wear shoes.
That’s one of the positive impact from the physiotherapy.
Since his childhood, his arms don’t function.
They also Lamb whenever it was lunch time.
Even when i could be doing a sudden activity, i had to stop and come feed him food and make him eat because he couldn’t manage.
But as years passed, i started teaching him how to try and handle a spoon and eat.
I could teach him doing so and later he went on getting used.
He now is by himself.
He started lifting a cup of porridge with his teeth slowly by slurry.
He adapted to eat and right now i don’t have to stop whatever i’m doing
Then i have to give him what to eat.
All i do is prepare them and put them where he can reach so that he can serve himself whenever i have other activities to do.
But now, as he grows, he’s adapting to play with other kids.
He no longer feels shy to join them as before.
Now they play dance, shout and talk together.
When he was still a baby, i thought he also have a certain mental problem.
But now seeing him join others on his will and have fun together prove to me that he has no any other problem apart from the disability.
By when he was five or six years, i started searching for his school, but as long as he could not even walk and he was a bit younger.
Not even a single school welcomed him.
Schools would say he can be a barrier to other students who are studying.
They say he needs an extra person to take care of him.
I kept on searching a school that can give him education but failed.
Later i found a school that teaches children with disability, but that school requested a lot of money for his coffees, of which i can’t afford to pay.
Those kind of schools have people who take care on children who are disabled and more especially the younger ones and their boarding schools.
But due to lack of enough money i was not able to afford my son’s school fees.
That’s the reason why he has never attended any class lesson, though he’s now eight years old.
I have always wished that my son, prince, would get a chance and have a quality education, but before that his treatment is still a priority.
I wish he could get the surgery needed for him to fully recover.
Seeing him work upright would be the only thing to make us happy and proud of our boy.
We as parents.
That’s the only mean of movement he has, which is pushing himself like that.
If he reaches where he can manage to pass, we come and lift him like if it rains when i’m not around, he tries to go to a nearby shelter.
If there is something hindering or blocking his movement, he stays and it rains on him.
Prince has a special gift of listening to the radio and crumbs what they’re talking about, and after meantime he can tell you all what they have said, and he also manages to listen songs and repeat after them.
So, according to my observation, prince might be having a talent of singing.
Maybe it’s just a matter of time.
After a few years, he will become one of the best singers in the world.
The wish i have on my heart is that i need the education support to my child.
As i told you, i went to different schools that can help him, but the money issue ruined everything.
I want my son to have education so that he can know how to read and write, in other words, to be literate, so that he might be able to have a bright future ahead.
Secondly, he needs to undergo a surgery for him to have a healthy life.
This will help him and might be the solution for him to have all body organs functioning.
Everybody can be great, because anybody can solve.
You don’t have to have a college degree to solve, you don’t have to make the subject and a verb agree to yourself.
You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
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This is afromax English
And i’m Elijah.
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