After Gabriel was born 13 weeks early, weighing just 1.5 pounds, he spent the first 5 months of his life in the hospital. After he was discharged, his parents were referred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The team at CHOP evaluated and tracked Gabriel’s progress over the next several months. When he was a year and a half old he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a diagnosis that means he is non-ambulatory and non-verbal.
For the next few years, Gabriel’s parents worked closely with CHOP’s Cerebral Palsy Program and all of his clinicians to ensure that he received the best possible therapies and interventions. As a result, Gabriel has experienced many breakthroughs. Today he is in 11th grade and he continues to attend CHOP’s Cerebral Palsy Program once a year as well as GI and Pulmonology twice a year. He is able to drive his own power wheel chair, communicate with an iPad and paint.