Peter is 3 years old and has been at this home for almost 2.5 years. Peter has cerebral palsy and sickle cell anemia. His sickle cell anemia is being closely monitored and he receives medication for this. He also has a history of seizures. He responds with smiles and movements when being spoken to or held. Peter seems to really enjoy time spent in the swimming pool. He cannot sit, hold his head, or roll over unassisted.
From someone who works with him:
Resiliency only begins to describe Peter! This young boy has gone through so much medically, yet still finds the strength to smile through it all. No matter what, rubbing his head will produce a sweet smile of pure contentment and a look of peace in his eyes! Peter certainly has faced more than his share of medical challenges these past months. For quite some time, he was experiencing both scalp and skin issues that were resistant to seemingly all conventional treatments. After a long course of steroids and special mixtures of creams, Peter has finally experienced some relief and his skin is in the process of healing. While he has a history of seizures and is positive for sickle cell, both of those conditions are wonderfully under control with daily medications. Peter enjoys receiving special care and attention and really responds well to being able to attach to certain people he can trust.
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