Humanitarian Foundation ”BUDI HUMAN - Aleksandar Šapić”
raises funds for Milica Tupanjac (2016).
Milica was born in the thirty-second week - complications at birth led to loss of oxygen and resuscitation, during which she suffered third-degree cerebral hemorrhage.
Immediately after the birth, she was transferred to intensive care, where she spent thirty-five days, after which she began to breathe on her own. During the first months, there were difficulties with feeding, motor developmental delay and vision problems were noticed. The results of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed multiple damage, and damage to the eye nerves was soon noticed, especially in the right eye.
After Milica's first birthday, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The prognosis was uncertain: slowed motor development followed by slower mental development with attention disorders and difficulty to socialize.
Despite all the difficulties, Milica is a cheerful and witty four-year-old girl. She is a great storyteller, constantly inventing rhymes and entertaining her parents, friends and therapists with various jokes. She likes books the most and she is more and more interested in communicating with her peers in the kindergarten.
Although she shows great potential, her motor development is very slow. During the last year, with intensive exercises, Milica manages to sit more independently and slowly adopts the correct crawling pattern.
The only chance for Milica to walk is to provide her with even more intensive and diverse therapies in the coming period - continuous treatments in therapeutic centers in the country and abroad, robotic neurorehabilitation, physical, hippo and hydrotherapy, visual stimulation, speech therapy and defectological treatments (therapeutic feeding). She is also facing strabismus surgery, tendon surgery (fibrotomy) and stem cell treatments. Her family is expecting a response from the Children's Hospital in St. Louis, where they applied for SDR surgery too.
Funds are also needed for medical and orthopedic aids, control and specialist examinations, medical supplies and supplements, as well as for travelling and accommodation costs.
The costs of these therapies, operations and rehabilitation far exceed the family's income, and we thank everyone in advance who can help in the fight for Milica to take the first steps.