Unfortunately, time has revealed that Rebekah has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. This means that she is affected in all four of her limbs. She is also non verbal at 2 and a half years old. Rebekah cannot crawl, walk, or sit unaided for more than 20-30 seconds. She also has difficulty eating, so she still eats primarily from a bottle and takes some strained food.
Bekah, as she is lovingly called by her family, has been accepted by Dr. Yngve at UTMB in Texas as a candidate for a procedure called selective percutaneous myofacial lengthening (SPML). It will give her the greatest chance at independent movement. It gives her hope of crawling, standing, and eventually, walking. She currently resides in Daegu, Korea where her father currently serves on active duty in the U.S. Army. So, this means a lengthy trip for Bekah and her mom to get to Texas to have this procedure as it is only performed by two orthopedic surgeons and both are in the U.S. SPML will not cure Bekah's cerebral palsy. There is no known cure. However, it will make her life less painful and give her the best chance at independent movement. She will still face a life of therapies and special needs. Please help us get Bekah to Texas in early September 2017 for this surgery and help get her the therapy tools needed to assist her now and in the future.
- Kayla Bradford
- Lynn Tice
- Erica Navarro
- Peter Ye
Organizer and beneficiary
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