Twenty-four-year-old Dale Geiss from Hamilton endured years of physical and emotional pain due to living with the challenges related to cerebral palsy. Thanks to the care provided at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre, Dale is thrilled about being able to do something he thought he would never do – walk completely upright.
One of the challenges associated with cerebral palsy is spasticity, a condition that causes muscles to become permanently contracted, leading to the stiffness or tightness of those muscle groups. Dale’s hip flexors were so tight that he walked in a near-sitting position.
“It would have been devastating if the injections that Dale desperately needed were not accessible to him.”
When Dale’s mother Maggie learned about the potential benefits of BOTOX® injections in reducing spasticity, she contacted their family doctor who referred Dale to Dr. Hossein Hosseini at the Comprehensive Spasticity Management Program (CSMP), located within the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.
Dale’s parents were excited to learn that the BOTOX® injections were included as part of his clinical care at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.
“We always want to make everything better for our children,” Maggie says. “It would have been devastating if the injections that Dale desperately needed were not accessible to him.”
For the next four years, Dale received injections to his hip flexors, quadriceps and hamstrings every three months on a rotating basis. One year after beginning his treatment, family and friends began commenting on the change in Dale’s stature. Since starting the program, Dale has gained 3 to 4 inches in height and now walks in an upright position.
“They treated Dale as more than just a patient and they got to know him on a personal level.”
The injections have also improved Dale’s stability and balance. Dale and his parents are now confident in his ability to do things that he was unable to do previously, such as climbing stairs or carrying a beverage without it spilling.
Dale is looking forward to a bright future and he was recently discharged from the clinic. While muscle atrophy may reoccur, it is anticipated this will not happen for another 15 to 20 years. Dale currently exercises three times a week to maintain muscle strength.
The Geiss family continues to be grateful for the care that was provided at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.
“They treated Dale as more than just a patient and they got to know him on a personal level,” Maggie explains. “One of the receptionists, Tanya, even had her picture taken with Dale when he won a Special Olympics medal to post on her wall.”
Likewise, Maggie is extremely thankful for the donations to Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation that made the CSMP possible.
“I hope donors know how much their gifts are appreciated. My son is proof that donating toward the CSMP is a worthy cause.”