A new life for Maia

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

months is mapped in a myr­iad ways – her whole face has changed be­cause be­ing able to chew her food is de­vel­op­ing her jaw and feed­back from her kindergarten re­veals she has gone from just be­ing in the class to be­com­ing “an im­por­tant part of the class”.

“At this point Maia is not yet a typ­i­cal five-year-old. She is a one, two, three and four-year-old too be­cause she’s mak­ing up all the de­vel­op­men­tal time.

“So while she un­der­stands more than she can say, she’s dis­cov­er­ing her abil­i­ties to in­ter­act, ex­press her­self and even say no,” Mr Fried­lan­der says.

“We’re for­tu­nate we had the fi­nances to send Maia to the States but not every­one could. Ac­cess to this treat­ment for chil­dren in New Zealand would be life-al­ter­ing.”

Lifechang­ing: Maia Fried­lan­der with her fa­ther and, in­set, Maia the day be­fore her life-chang­ing pro­ce­dure.

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