David is a 2 and a half-year-old boy born with a rare genetic syndrome called CHARGE, causing severe development delay, hearing loss and blindness. When he was just 7 months old, his mother turned to the Malki Foundation asking for our help. She explained that David would lie on his back all day long unable to turn his head (or even hold it) or move his hands properly. He also had eating difficulties due to severe oral muscle weakness.

David needed intensive one-on-one physical and oral therapy in order to strengthen his muscles and assure proper development of feeding skills. Another crucial goal of the speech therapy was to work on verbal communication skills as David’s blindness prevents him to sign or lip read.

After 4 months of therapies provided by the Malki Foundation, David could roll from front to back and back to front, hold his head, clap his hands, touch his head and wave when someone says “shalom”.

In the latest update letter from David’s mother, she wrote “Physically he has progressed tremendously…the therapies have enabled him to pull himself across the floor alone. He seems such a bright child with so much potential.” 

As with all the children in our programs, we are proud to be part of David’s journey of growth, and look forward to seeing him reach his next milestones.