Thu December 1, 2011
First Person: Raising a Child With Cerebral Palsy
Elena Adams lives in East Austin and has three children. Her youngest was born prematurely with cerebral palsy, a group of disorders that affect the brain and nervous system.
Adams was shocked when she found out, because her other two kids are healthy. Doctors told Adams her son Smith would not be able to walk or talk.
But Smith is slowly proving them wrong. He can speak and is trying to walk on his own.
Adams has a hard time affording treatment, but she gets a little bit of state money and help from organizations like Any Baby Can.
Now, she's optimistic about the future.
“You can’t really stress about a lot of problems,” she said. “You just have to let them go the way they’re supposed to go.”
Jeff Heimsath shot and edited KUT's video interview with Adams. Check it out above.