Diagnosis: congenital malformation syndrome, mainly related to abnormal height. Delayed physical, neurological and psychological development.
Neli resides in Eastern Europe and is approaching 2-years-old. Neli was born with facial asymmetry, low-set ears, shorter left lower limb, muscle hypotonia and significant delay in neurological and psychological development. Neli needs assistance when sitting up and cannot stand as she lacks leg support. She does not speak syllables or “coo” and appears to have partial conductive hearing loss.
Neli can build towers with blocks and manipulate small objects with help. She cannot write but can throw a small ball. Neli will makes sounds when spoken to and follow simple commands however, it is difficult for her to pronounce many sounds. She enjoys being with people but is content by herself. Neli establishes eye contact, demonstrates her discontent, responds to smiles and sounds, and accepts comfort from a staff member.