Cerebral palsy affects one child in 500. It is the most common physical disability in infants, with increased incidence for premature newborns and those weighing less than 1.5 kilograms.
Motor abilities are reduced, affecting simple physical activities (eating, getting dressed, wri-ting, or playing). Cognitive deficiencies are also possible. Some children cannot speak or expe-rience intense pain. A multidisciplinary approach and personalized therapeutic strategies are essential to improve their lives.
The Buzzi Children’s Hospital, thanks to its Pediatric Orthopedics and Traumatology, is the national leader. Each year, Buzzi helps 700 children with cerebral palsy.
Specializing in orthopedic treatment of chronic pediatric disability, Buzzi is the national leader for patients with cerebral palsy and for treatment of spasticity and orthopedic and neu-romuscular surgery.
Our computerized movement analysis lab processes the most cases in Italy and indeed in all of Europe. Prevention, monitoring, and treatment are our watchwords. Every moment is pre-cious to scientifically assess the abilities of children and decide upon the best treatment and care in line with international standards.
Today, we are in need of a high-tech wheelchair park, for all Buzzi’s children.
Children with cerebral palsy visit Buzzi frequently for checkups or specialized interventions. They are joined by numerous other children with disabilities of varying severity.
Wheelchairs are essential for travel between emergency rooms and other departments, and from those department to clinics. They are a means of transport, but they’re also a ‘cradle’ that protects patients and simplifies life in the hospital, a “spaceship” that gives many children a fantasy world in which to play.
Manual wheelchairs are inadequate for children with cerebral palsy; they damage shoulder joints and are outdated. They amplify the feeling of disability.
Children in wheelchairs should not have to give up their dreams! Join in to help us give new wheelchairs to Buzzi’s kids.
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