Medicaid Matters for Kids Mondays Update -- Osvaldo
Every Monday for the rest of the year, Speak Now for Kids is celebrating Medicaid Matters for Kids Mondays with posts highlighting the importance of Medicaid in children’s access to health care. This week we revisit Osvaldo Sanchez who represented HSC Pediatric Center at the 2012 Speak Now for Kids' Family Advocacy Day.
Osvaldo represented the HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, DC, at the 2012 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. When Osvaldo was just 10-months-old, he was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, a severe form of cerebral palsy that affects muscles in his core and in all four limbs. At age 5 he had bilateral distal tibia, fibula osteotomy and medial hamstring lengthening surgery all to correct the bones in his legs and to stretch his muscles. The surgery was successful and his ability to walk was greatly improved, though he still relies on a few devices to help him get around.
Medicaid has been critical in accessing the care and equipment Osvaldo requires. Medicaid not only helped cover Osvaldo’s surgery, but it also covered visits to specialists and physical therapists, as well as needed medical equipment such as orthotics, walkers, braces and a wheelchair—for longer outings. Without the financial help from Medicaid, Osvaldo would not be the happy, mobile, independent child he is today.
Osvaldo is now 11 and thriving as a fifth grader in the public school system. A straight “A” student, Osvaldo enjoys reading, astronomy, soccer and swimming. “He works very hard in daily activities and continues to become more independent,” says mom, Jeanette. “He requires less help as his routine becomes easier.”