Meet Gabe: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion
Gabe is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Gabe and his family will discuss his health journey, Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s role in providing Gabe with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like Gabe.
Gabe’s parents noticed he was not walking. After an appointment at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Doctors recommended a physical therapy evaluation to find out more. Additional testing diagnosed Gabe with spastic cerebral palsy.
“This completely caught us off guard,” says April, Gabe’s mother. “It was devastating and scary to hear the words ‘cerebral palsy’ mentioned. There were a lot of unknowns on what Gabe's future would look like.”
In January of 2021, Gabe had selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery to eliminate the spasticity in his legs. Ongoing physical therapy and Botox treatments also help strengthen and tighten his muscles.
Now 4 years old, Gabe can walk about 40 steps on his own. He loves playing outside and riding in his toy Jeep.
“We still have a long road ahead to continually improve his strength, balance and coordination,” says April. “The Children’s Hospital of Michigan has always had Gabe's best interest at heart and genuinely care about helping him progress.”