Or suffers from a congenital heart defect and as a result he is attached to a respirator and dependent on a wheelchair. In spite of his very serious physical challenges, after many months of occupational therapy sessions and exercises, Or learnt how to become independently mobile "driving" an electric wheelchair.
ALYN Hospital has been instrumental in helping to change the Israeli Ministry of Health's regulations regarding the authorization of motorized mobility (electric wheelchairs) for children under the age of six years old. Naomi Geffen, occupational therapist and Assistant Director General of ALYN Hospital says that “Or demonstrates the importance of this decision”.
Or successfully passed the Ministry of Health Electric Wheelchair Eligibility Test and recently received his long-awaited electric wheelchair. The ALYN staff witnessed Or's tremendous excitement and happiness when he demonstrated his new wheelchair to his classmates in "SHACHAR", ALYN's Rehabilitation Educational Medical Day Care Center.
“Or began learning how to operate the motorized wheelchair about a year and a half ago, when he was three and none of us thought the experience would be fruitful”, explained Hedva Elharar, an occupational therapist who worked with Or on his motorized mobility. “There were so many difficulties! Or, who never understood the full meaning of motion in space, found it hard at first to grasp the ‘rules of space’ i.e. directions and the relationship between his body and the space in which he was in. Or did not rely on his sight to navigate and he struggled with the idea that he needed to utilize his eyesight in order to control his movement through space”.
“The motorized wheelchair has given Or not only independence and control over his motion in space but he can now learn about his familiar and not-so-familiar surroundings –like any child who uses their own two legs. Needless to say, having this wheelchair has significantly improved Or’s quality of life and the quality of life of his family", says Hedva.
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