Minimally Invasive Brain Repair for Cerebral Palsy

History:

Adrian was a 16 year old boy from Norway when he was admitted to Beijing Puhua International Hospital for cerebral palsy treatment. He suffered from cerebral palsy due to a brain injury after birth. He had “Cognitive, speech and mobility impairment for 16 years after birth”, with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Before coming to Beijing Puhua International Hospital, Adrian’s mother had tried many treatments for him. In their search for a higher quality of life for Adrian, they eventually made a decision to come to Puhua Hospital in Beijing.

Medical Condition Prior to Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery (Functional Stereotaxy) for Cerebral Palsy

Before Adrian’s Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for CP, he was not able to keep steady balance, and he had poor coordination in his movements.

Adrian suffered from bad eye sight (both eyes) as well as bad hearing. He uses hearing-aid, distance glasses, as well as reading glasses. He was not able to speak long complete sentences but a few simple words like ‘Mamma, Pappa.’ His speech was also slurred. He could not concentrate well. He knew all letters and numbers, but he could not write or read: his learning ability was relatively poor. Two weeks before his arrival in China, Adrian performed an IQ test, which revealed that his IQ was the equivalent of an eight year old child.

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for Cerebral Palsy

After admission, several medical protocols were applied, including stereotactic treatment to repair the injured neural cells, medical improvement of cerebral circulation, nutrition and metabolism, combined with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), rehabilitation therapy, as well as symptomatic and supportive treatment.

Medical Condition after Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for Cerebral Palsy

Interview of Adrian after the first treatment for cerebral palsy:

After treatment, Adrian received significant improvement.

The most significant improvement is his language. He learned to say more than 100 new words, including nouns, verbs, and adjectives, and he could say a few complete short sentences, such as “How are you?” and “What is this?”  Also, he was now more active and vigorous.

Adrian became able to concentrate for a longer time. When he had his speech therapy, which lasts more than 30 minutes, he could focus on his studying through the whole process.

Adrian gained better balance and coordination with his physical movements. Although he could walk himself before the treatment, he was bit able to walk straighter, and his walking posture was now more natural. He walked more steadily, with a more natural posture and balance.

Adrian and his mother are looking forward to coming back for follow-up treatment. They are hopeful for more improvements with more treatment.

Follow up:

After the first admission:

Back home, in Norway Adrian began to go for short walks in the forest near his home, and do some exercises (which he never did that before the treatment).

6 months after his discharge, his mother told the Puhua’s team that Adrian’s visual perception had improved, and he could watch TV without his glasses. His language was continuing to improve, and he was able to communicate much better with other people.

Adrian used to study in a special class, where his classmates were at the same level with him in terms of intelligence. But he was now preferring to study in a normal class.

After the second admission:

(June 24th 2011)

Now Adrian was much more independent, and takes pride in the fact that he can instruct Beijing taxi drivers to find the hospital and his favorite markets. He could walk about in the crowded markets without getting lost, and could communicate with his mother using a mobile phone.

Adrian’s mother told us that the greatest improvement was in his visual perception, which was at least twenty percent better than before treatment. During his first hospitalization, the family needed an international coordinator to accompany them when they went to the supermarket or grocery store. During the second hospitalization the family was able to go to supermarket and grocery store themselves.

One time, in the supermarket, when his mother didn’t know which way she should go to find the products they wanted, and Adrian told his mother “Mom, this way!”

She now feels so proud of his progress!