Igor has Special Needs
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Two years old, Igor was born in Poland with a congenital abnormality that resulted in severe brain damage. His family does their best to care for him (Mom had to quit her job), but a few pieces of basic equipment would make a HUGE ... More ...

Two years old, Igor was born in Poland with a congenital abnormality that resulted in severe brain damage. His family does their best to care for him (Mom had to quit her job), but a few pieces of basic equipment would make a HUGE difference in their daily lives.

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Born in Poland on January 19, 2013, Igor Sakowicz and his family have suffered immensely from the earliest moments of his life.

Due to a congenital abnormality called cortical dysplasia, Igor has a severe and uncontrollable form of epilepsy which has caused prolonged and frequent seizures since he was a newborn. Depriving him of oxygen, the seizures (as many as xx per day) have severely damaged Igor’s brain, leaving him blind and lacking in muscle tone to do even the most basic functions (he can’t even hold his bottle). He has never interacted with people, including his parents, Iwona and Kamil.

Sadly, there is no hope of Igor recovering brain function, but his family’s goal is to do whatever they can to keep him comfortable, pain-free, and improve his baseline condition through physical therapy sessions 5-days/week. His mother quit her job in order to care for him, and his father’s ability to work has also been affected.

The realistic expectations for Igor’s quality of life are very low, but even the tiniest improvement helps ease the strain of his care. Now, at the age of two, after intensive and ongoing physical therapy since infancy, Igor can roll himself over. This achievement allows his parents to move him more easily -- Igor is 45 pounds of slack weight and swollen from steroid use -- which has become an increasing physical challenge.

How can you help?

Poland has socialized medical insurance, but it only covers only a small amount of what Igor needs in terms of theraputic treatments and equipment. We ask your help in raising the funds to provide a key piece of equipment – a booster car seat designed specifically for children with special needs – which would make life a lot easier and significantly lessen the daily struggles that the Sakowicz family endures. Every little bit helps, and we sincerely thank you for caring. Any additional funds raised will be used for Igor’s physical therapy.  

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