Help Mila Walk

This is Mila , She was born on March 6 2017, as a premature baby at 33 weeks, weighing 4 lbs and spent her first 21 day of her life in NICU. At that time no one would know that life will take different course from what we have imagined for her and us as a family. We come home and start loving her every tiny bit of her, enjoying every day that was given to use with her. But then milestones started being missed, even though we have tried to convince doctors that something is not as usual we were reassured that everything is fine, and Mila is premature, and she will get there eventually. We decided to go to Europe and ask for more opinions, we were in shock finding out that she might have a Cerebral Palsy and were told to go back to Canada and get our hands on with physical therapy ASAP. We come back home to Canada, and after doing an MRI, we finally got confirmation, it is Cerebral Palsy. On October 2018 Mila was given official diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy with GMFCS placing her in 2nd  to 3rd category. Our world crumbled, not fair, why her, well there must be something there to help her. And after long wait we started going to local rehabilitation hospital, but to our disappointment Mila did not receive physical therapy we hoped, and knowing that at this early age, early physical therapy intervention is crucial, we decided to look and think of other options and methods of approach in rehabilitation. We did a lot of research, here and in Europe, and being in contact with families with children with similar problems we found out that there is hope and therapies that would benefit Mila greatly. As any parent would do anything for your child, we frantically were looking for options and finally we started going back to Europe to have intensive physical therapy treatments and just last year we went there 4 times. We have seen changes in Mila’s ability even after the first intensive therapy over there. The cost for thee week intensive therapies is $2500, plus accommodation $700 - $900 based on availability, not to mention the airfare. We were also advised to find Anat Baniel practitioners near us in Canada to spare Mila from frequent travelling, so we did. Unfortunately, the cost of therapy is not covered by Alberta Health Services or any Insurance company yet. Since this therapy combined with what we were thought in Europe, brought amazing results to our daughter, we are determined to continue with therapies. The cost of therapy is quite high, to break down in numbers, Mila should get therapy every 5 to 6 weeks and the cost is $1300. Mom Drazenka does not work full time as Mila needs care throughout the day with therapy that mom was thought that needs to be conducted on daily basis. Mila turned 2 in March this year, she is not walking yet, but started crawling just recently, she can put herself in sitting position with support, she can be on her knees on her own, she can sit on chair and play but also have this great desire to try to walk but due to her spasticity in her legs, and lack of balance and core strength, it is still not possible for her to be there yet. We imagined her walk hand in hand with her, play at the playground with other children, or even run around chasing her big brothers, one day, we pray she will. We have hope and have faith that one day she will do all of that, but we do need help to make it possible for her to achieve all of this. We strongly believe that this therapy will push her forward as we have seen amazing changes already. We thank you all who find in your heart piece of you that wants to help this little angel to spread her wings and achieve all these things that other children were given naturally. With Love and Deep Gratitude Gnjatic Family
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Drazenka Gnjatic 
Edmonton, AB
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