Leon Gets a New Lease on Life
“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.” – Sai Baba.
Vanessa contacted Hot Cares to assist with her father, Leon.
At only 73 years old Leon has always been an active person, running his own business in carpentry and doing other odd jobs. He was an expert woodworker and someone who could fix anything. He was funny, outgoing and extremely helpful.
Two years back Leon was diagnosed with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy); a rare condition whereby the nerve endings in the brain die and the body deteriorates in function.
It took numerous visits and scans at the Neurologist to finally arrive at the correct diagnosis. At that time Leon began experiencing unexplained loss of balance, and was falling a lot; then went his depth perception, and then his fine and gross motor abilities.
At this stage, two years after being properly diagnosed, he’s not that mobile anymore and needs assistance with walking, dressing, eating and showering.
Financially, it has been quite a struggle to get all the things he needs. Leon’s family found him a second-hand wheelchair, at a reasonable price and they’ve put handles in the shower; but things are happening slowly because they rely on a government pension, of which most goes to his medication at least R1000 per month.
Right now, Leon’s specific need would be a LifeVac. It’s a suction-like device that fits over the mouth area and can extract any blockages in the throat that cause choking.
As Leon’s condition progresses, the saliva becomes more difficult to swallow, getting trapped in the throat, so Leon coughs and chokes often. This item would be most helpful and would go a long way in delaying the need for a tracheotomy, which might eventually have to happen.
Hot Cares will be purchasing a LifeVac to assist Leon with choking on his saliva and will also help with medication for 3 months – total value R5000!
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