“Komal Suchak has been suffering from cerebral palsy since birth. This has severely affected the right side of her body, her communication abilities and her general mobility. She was attended to by her parents at her home till the age of twenty two. As a result, she was totally dependent on her parents for every activity. This lack of independence resulted in sluggish behaviour, lack of motivation and emotional instability. Her parents approached MBA Foundation to assist in day care and therapies to improve her quality of life. When she was taken in at MBA Foundation, she needed a lot of assistance for her daily personal needs such as eating and bathing. She also had the tendency to argue over every issue and to avoid doing her own work.
Transformation at the MBA Foundation
She was assessed at the MBA Foundation’s Chembur Center and admitted as a day care member. Considering her difficulties during daily commute, MBA Foundation advised her parents to admit her as a life care member. Once she was admitted as a life care member, she was assessed periodically by the counsellors and also underwent medical examination on an annual basis. She gradually started participating in the activities at the center such as making handicrafts, helping other members and attending exhibitions. At the center, she is encouraged to participate and get more involved in the various activities. This feeling of accomplishment has benefitted her immensely in terms of confidence and self belief.
Her progress is visible with regards to her personal well being, satisfaction, happiness and level of independence while managing her daily needs. She visits home on weekends and returns to the centre for the rest of the week. She enjoys the company of her parents, brother and sister-in-law and spends quality time with them during her weekend visits. She enjoys watching Hindi movies and listening to Bollywood songs. She enrolled herself in the Open University NIOS and is attempting to complete her 10th standard.