Break­ing down bar­ri­ers


Stirling Times - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

TUART Hill mum Emma Al­bert hopes to break down bar­ri­ers around peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and in­stead look at their abil­i­ties ahead of World Cere­bral Palsy Day next month.

The 31-year-old, who had what she de­scribed as a “nor­mal” preg­nancy, gave birth to baby Mikey 19 months ago, but af­ter five days dis­cov­ered he had brain dam­age.

“Af­ter a smooth preg­nancy and with only four weeks left in my preg­nancy, our baby was de­liv­ered by emer­gency cae­sarean af­ter a visit to my ob­ste­tri­cian be­cause our baby had stopped mov­ing,” she said.

“When Mikey was de­liv­ered, we were told he had been with­out oxy­gen for a pe­riod of time and it would be months be­fore we would know the ef­fects of this.

“I was a young, healthy, first-time mum who’d had a smooth preg­nancy.

“How did ev­ery­thing go so wrong so quickly?”

Mrs Al­bert said while Mikey’s di­ag­no­sis of cere­bral palsy was dif­fi­cult, she Emma Al­bert with her son Mikey. looked at the pos­i­tives and de­scribed it as her most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

She now shares her fam­ily’s jour­ney on her blog Mighty Able in the hope oth­ers would see peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties the same way she did.

“Hav­ing a child with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties has been eye­open­ing,” she said.

“I’d love for oth­ers to look a lit­tle fur­ther and start a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties.

“As a young, first-time mum, be­ing told my baby had been born with a dis­abil­ity was com­pletely dev­as­tat­ing and turned my world up­side down.

“I’ve been im­mersed in this world that I knew so lit­tle about and I’ve learnt so much so quickly.

“Most im­por­tantly, I have met the most amaz­ing chil­dren and their ex­tremely strong par­ents along the way.

“Meet­ing these mighty kids, I have learnt to look past their di­ag­no­sis, look past the mo­bil­ity aids, the cochlear im­plants or the er­ratic move­ments be­cause be­hind all of that is a won­der­ful per­son, a per­son who is able.

“These kids en­dure so much, they spend hours in ther­apy and in hos­pi­tal and their might­i­ness should be cel­e­brated.”

World Cere­bral Palsy Day is Oc­to­ber 6.

To fol­low Mikey’s jour­ney, visit www.mightyable. com.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d473896

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