My name is Vigo from Lambeth in London. I am the world’s biggest flirt and the happiest little 4 year old! I never stop smiling and laughing! Maybe that’s because I have had so much to contend with so far and been so brave. I love life so much!
Help me stand on my own two feet. Your kind donation to Just4Children for therapy will help towards achieving the strength I need to stand on my feet and develop the skills to be as independent as possible in my future life.
I was born at 27 weeks. I spent the first 4 months of my life in the Intensive Care Unit. I have had surgery on my heart, hernias and eyes all before I reached full term. I also kept on stopping breathing and being resuscitated – very stressful for Mummy.
After lots of tests at 6 months I was diagnosed with quadriplegic Dystonia of Cerebral Palsy. This means my muscles constantly go into painful rigid spasms, which often keeps me awake at night making my limbs distort into unusual positions. It is tiring and difficult for Mummy to handle me, especially as she is coping alone as a sole parent while also caring for my 6 month old brother Laszlo. My quadriplegia means I cannot sit unsupported, stand up, crawl, walk, play with toys or feed myself without adult help.
However, it does not stop me from flirting with all the ladies and bonding with the boys. Especially since my speech is gradually evolving, I am beginning to get very chatty! I love to show off, particularly my knowledge of numbers (which I love) and letters. I love to learn. It’s something I do easily!
I have recently had an 8 hour brain operation called Deep Brain Stimulation which it is hoped may dampen down some of the muscle spasms. I will also need surgery on both hips.
There is no cure for my condition, so Mummy works tirelessly with expensive therapists to help encourage basic movements such as picking up a toy. My goal is to one day stand on my own two feet – literally and metaphorically!
I’d love you to help me.