Malcom has spastic displegic cerebral palsy. He is scheduled to be transferred to a mental institution in April 2012
From a missionary who knows him: Malcolm needs family badly. He is very emotional, sensitive and not a leader by nature and is being hurt by older and physically healthy children in the orphanage.He can hardly walk but retainssensitivityin the feet.There is a chanceonlyin the presence ofcaring andloving parents Malcolm can walk independently in a future butin the orphanage environment the child is afraid of everything even walking. Malcolm has a favorite little toy: stuffed tiger, he carries it everywhere, hekisses it, putsto sleep,worries aboutit. Malcolm is interested in all new, he knows the names and colors, understands commands, has attachments to friends in a group, he goes on contact easily and is pleased to dialogue.
He can stand and sit independently, moves around on the knees. He can not walk and is afraid to start trying to walk.
Malcolm will need a smaller, patient, loving, experienced family to help him heal from the trauma in his life.
From his medical records: Cerebral palsy and weak muscular tone. He only started to walk in the hospital as he had muscles tremor. After the physical therapy, massages and injections – the tremor has disappeared. As of today, Malcolm can walk with support and the orthopedic footwear. He can make some steps (7-8) without any help and then gets tired. The doctors give a very favorable prognosis about his walking ability in the future: most likely he will not need a wheelchair. He has incontinence only because he is not potty trained. He feels the processes and tells the nurse when he has soiled pampers and urinates only when the bladder is full. Malcolm can eat with a spoon and drink from a mug independently.
He sleeps well and does not wake up during the night. After a dinner if being left alone in a room, falls asleep independently. He is an obedient child, he understands the commands and goes on compromises! He is able to agree and listen to words of adults when it is impossible to do something. He does not show too much concentration on any activity like almost all orphans. But he has well developed cognitive skills. He loves to dress/undress toys; pack/unpack gifts;open/close cases, cars; play on children's kitchen: to wash the children's dishes, to set up the table. He loves to play with the puzzles and listen fairy tales but it is necessary to show him the pictures in the book first and then he would listen with more attention and will tell, that he has heard.