Little Angels Success Stories
The greatest reward when
working with children is watching them succeed.
Read more about our little angels who are
learning to fly.
contracted TB Meningitis at age two and suffered
brain damage as a result. She has been at Little
Angels since December 2005 and has since
mastered some basic vocabulary and mobility. Her
overall balance has developed, and she will soon
be able to sit unaided for more than a minute –
a MAJOR achievement for someone with her lack of
Towards the end of 2007, the Occupational
Therapist treating Sipho felt that she was ready
for academic advancement. After an assessment by
the Western Cape Education Department, Sipho was
given the go-ahead to attend Paarl School in
Aphiwe was born with Cerebral
Palsy and joined Little Angels in December 2005.
He has progressed from crawling on all fours to
walking, mostly unaided, and he even runs at
times. Aphiwe’s overall co-ordination and
vocabulary has improved dramatically and he is
now a weekly boarder at Paarl School, where he
is coping very well with the academic syllabus
Jerome suffers from
a brain injury called “West Syndrome”, which is
more severe than Cerebral Palsy resulting in
Jerome having a developmental age of a
three-month old. He joined Little Angels in
December 2005 and, after just 2 weeks of loving
care and nourishment, managed to keep food down
for the first time and now enjoys full meals and
has started holding a cup to drink
from. Jerome now laughs often, makes other
noises of enjoyment and recently started to
indicate when he is unhappy by squealing.
A major milestone which Jerome recently achieved
is the ability, when lying on his stomach, to
lift his torso by leaning on his elbows –
something which was considered almost impossible
for him when he first joined Little Angels.
Wynand sustained brain damage
soon after birth and was left severely disabled.
On his 4th birthday, after one month of
treatment, Wynand smiled at his parents for the
first time. In spite of being severely ill
during the course of 2007, his physical
awareness and interest in his surroundings
continued to improve.
Over the past year Wynand has once again made
progress in communication – he is even more
alert, and is constantly making sounds – his way
of communicating. He is also more receptive to
touch, and tries to lift his head in order to
see what is happening whenever we touch his feet
and change his nappy. He has also begun
demonstrating his self-will by pretending to
cough whenever he is left lying down, as he
knows that as soon as he coughs, a caregiver
will sit him upright, allowing him to observe
what is happening around him.
Sima was born with Spina
Bifida and Hydro Cephaly. She was abandoned in
hospital after birth by both parents and
eventually transferred to Little Angels on 1
December 2005. At the time she was hardly able
to move and her physical, emotional and mental
development was that of a 6-month old.
Since joining Little Angels Sima has developed
astonishingly. Sima is now able to propel her
wheelchair, but still needs to learn how to
steer it properly. Sima has a brilliant little
mind and needs to start attending school. Once
again a departmental evaluation will be
arranged, and then the search for a sponsor for
school and boarding fees will have to start.
Lorenzo’s deafness was left
untreated for the first six years of his life.
After being placed at Little Angels, Lorenzo
made great progress in his communication skills
and began attending the Dominican School for the
Deaf in August 2006. Although his progress is
hampered due to his inability to concentrate for
long periods as a result of suffering from
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, he has settled into the
routine between boarding school and Little
Angels well and his language, both written and
signed, is improving all the time.
Lorenzo has been placed on chronic medication to
improve his attention span, while at the same
time addressing his sometimes aggressive
behaviour. Since starting the medication in
January 2009, his development at school has also
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