Perry got Botox injections in his arms, which suspends the pain and allows Ines and the therapists to work on his arms and hands to increase flexibility and return function. He has been able to stand up a few times (with help) and is doing repetitive movement exercises to strengthen his trunk and legs. Ines has learned much from watching and asking questions, which helps her help Perry.
His short-term memory is still an issue, but it is intriguing to Ines that he still remembers key medical personnel by name, what he got for Christmas, Pizookies (he can’t wait to have one again) and that January means it’s time for the Spaghetti Feed. Perry remembers much from the past – school, work, theater, friends. His sense of humor still pops up, and he chuckles at jokes and long stories. He attempts to speak when he takes deep breaths and has been able to say short sentences.
The need for assistance continues, as Ines and Kelly are traveling a lot to be with their son and there are some expenses not covered by insurance. While they regret not being able to thank their supporters individually, please know that they appreciate everything that their “safety net” of friends and family have been able to provide and they are grateful for all of your love and prayers.
Where we started .......
In mid-September, Perry Roberts experienced a traumatic brain injury that initially caused doctors to tell his parents to prepare for the worst - but constant medical attention and the strength of a global network of prayer has brought him back from the brink and he continues to improve little by little. Doctors consider his case a miracle.
The last few months -
After three years of living in New York, Perry returned to his native Santa Clarita to start anew with the love and support of his parents Ines and Kelly, and his sister, Gabriella. The strong network of family, friends and community has helped Ines and Kelly get through the last couple of months, ensuring that all the Roberts were fed both physically and spiritually and making it possible for Ines to stay at Perry's bedside to work on his progress toward recovery.
Perry is currently in a sub-acute rehabilitation center, awaiting approval to go to Rancho Los Amigos, an acute rehab center in Downey that specializes in brain, stroke and spinal cord injuries, with the ultimate goal of coming home for continued therapies. Funds raised will help with medical supplies and home-delivered professional services required for his recovery. Ines has been unable to work since September, as she spends most of her time with Perry, working with medical staff and helping him with physical therapy. Kelly is working two jobs, along with real estate, to keep the family afloat during this crisis.
Hundreds of people have come forward since Perry's hospitalization and many continue to watch social media for updates on his condition, always offering their encouragement. Friends and co-workers, many who know the family through work or their childrens' activities, the local theater and churches, have all expressed a desire to help and now, there is a way to do just that.
Every contribution goes directly to the Roberts to help defray expenses and keep the life-enhancing efforts going for Perry's complete recovery. No amount is too big or small. Please know that every contribution is received with grateful hearts - The Roberts family loves and thanks you all.
The Roberts would like to thank each donor personally, so please make sure to provide contact information. I
Thank you all - we are certainly blessed.
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