“My child wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for St. Mary’s. They helped him become more independent.”
Shaquel is a 5-year-old boy with a unique personality, a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh and smile, who came to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children to receive long-term care. The weekly physical, occupational and speech therapies he receives at St. Mary’s have been vital to increasing his ability to move his body. Through these treatments, Shaquel has made great progress in going from sitting to standing, and he is now also working toward being able to stand with less support. His ability to socialize has also improved: speech therapy has helped him to communicate with others by using sign language as well as verbalization skills.
When Shaquel is not in therapy, he enjoys doing things kids his age enjoy doing, including playing with his peers, watching television, and playing with his cars. Shaquel’s family is forever grateful to St. Mary’s for the progress he has made.