Theo was born at 40+6 weeks via a normal delivery. Theo was not breathing at birth. For reasons currently unknown Theo's brain had been starved of oxygen. Theo had cooling treatment for 72 hours to limit any damage that had occurred. An MRI scan at 10 days old confirmed that Theo had a diagnosis of HIE grade 3. This meant that Theo's brain had been starved of oxygen and the damage could not be reversed. We know that Theo will be delayed developmentally, to what extent is currently unknown as he is so young.
As a baby Theo was not able to coordinate his suck and swallow and was therefore unable to feed normally. Theo was fed via an NG tube and gradually weaned onto puree food. At 14 months old the NG tube was removed and Theo was able to increase his intake of food to sustain his weight gain. Theo still has difficulty drinking and relies on others to slowly pour drink into his mouth.
Theo has low tone in his trunk yet increased tone in all four limbs. This means that his arms and legs are very stiff yet his chest is floppy. Theo is currently on medication to help relax his muscles. Theo is currently unable to sit independently, he cannot crawl, walk or talk. He is however a very determined little boy who loves to roll around. Theo keeps his hands closed into a fist. When he is relaxed he opens his hands however when he concentrates or gets excited they tense up. This means that Theo cannot hold toys or pick up things that he wants.
Theo sees many professionals to help with his development. At a year old Theo saw a neurologist who confirmed a diagnosis of spastic Cerebral Palsy.
Theo loves being around other children, he just lights up with excitement. Theo is a very happy little boy with a very infectious smile. What the future holds for Theo is unknown however he has a family that adore him and is a much loved little boy.