Summary: Results of first seven months of therapy to six children, aged 2 to 4 years, with moderately severe Cerebral Palsy, given Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Intensive Pediatric Therapy of CP (Occupational Therapy + Physiotherapy + Special Education + Speech Therapy + ADL Training) and Nerve Block as required. (Last updated January 21, 2007
Preliminary Results of 1st Batch of MMT of CP
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The pathology of Cerebral Palsy is as variable as its manifestations. The therapy, too, is variable and varied. It is like a Jigsaw puzzle. No one therapy works completely. Many experimental therapies have been tried in isolation along with Standard Pediatric Therapy, with mixed results. These therapies include Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Botox / Phenol Nerve Block, Acupuncture, Unani Neuroprotective drugs, Reflexology, surgical tendon length correction, selective dorsal rhizotomy, etc.
We believe, that therapy of CP must resemble solving a Jigsaw puzzle. We need all the pieces put together to make out the whole picture. That means giving an individual child as many types of therapy as is available, and which suits the requirements of an individual child. However there has been no effort to provide all these therapies simultaneously to provide maximal benefit to these children .
As a millennium gift to the disabled child, FSMHP (Foundation for Spastic & Mentally Handicapped Persons ) and UDAAN for the Differently Abled started a Multimode Early Medical Intervention Therapy project for children with CP. This is the first such project in the world. It provides sequential therapy with intensive PT/OT/Speech and Special Education, Behavior modification, etc. supplemented by HBO Therapy, Botulinum/Phenol Nerve Block, Acupuncture, and Unani Neuro-restorative agents, in a one year research project, to CP children aged 4 or less, who had SPECT Scan proof of penumbra of ischemic injury in brain that may recover with HBOT.
UDAAN is sincerely grateful to the following for their contributions to make Multimode Early Medical Intervention Therapy of Cerebral Palsy a reality:
|Dr. A Mukherjee||For discovering the idea of combining every available therapy of CP into an integrated project to complete the jigsaw puzzle of CP Therapy|
|Dr. Tarun Sahni||For starting India's first commercial Multiplace HBOT Chamber at Apollo Hospital, Delhi, without which MMT could not have taken off.|
|Ms. S Mukherjee||For her loving care and managerial skill in logistic support for running the UDAAN center.|
|Apollo Hospital, Delhi||For their all round help, cooperation and the subsidy that they have offered for SPECT Scan & HBOT for CP children sent by UDAAN|
|Specialists of Rehabilitation Department of Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi||For the help, guidance, assessment and assistance in evaluating the disability and then the progress seen in children of MMT sent to their OPD for independent peer review and checkups.|
|Pain Clinic, AIIMS, New Delhi||For assistance, guidance and administration of Botox / Phenol Nerve Block where indicated, in CP children sent to the Pain Clinic|
|Hon. Vice Chancellor of Hamdard University||For permission to start a research project to study the benefits of established Unani Neuro-restorative nutritional supplements in improving the brain metabolic functions and related functional activities in children with CP.|
|Prof. Jamil Ahmad and Prof.Shakir Jameel of Hamdard University||For developing the Unani Neuro-restorative nutritional supplements to be used in small children with CP, to assist in improving cognitive functions|
|Dr. Bimal Chopra of UDAAN||For developing the protocol and expertise in need-based specific points of Acupuncture Therapy of CP in children.|
||Without the help of Jeevan Channan Charitabe Trust (premises free of rent) and the others (major donors), UDAAN could never have been financially able to start the MMT Project, and offer the same free of cost to the pioneering first batch of six children, who have taught us so much, so that we may help many more in future.|
|The parents of the first batch of MMT children||For their courage and faith in UDAAN, without which we would not have started on this unique path to helping very small children with CP.|
|Belgian Business Association||The BBA and the Belgian Embassy organized a dance recital by Sri Raja & Smt. Radha Reddy, who performed for the benefit of the special need children of UDAAN, and raised Rs.1 Lakh. This was needed to purchase two sets of complete HBO Therapy Closed Loop Oxygen Mask and Control panel, from USA, without which the Multimode Therapy could never have taken off.|
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