Sweet Success

Our Sunshine Superstar of the week is a very special little girl – she is our flower and she just keeps blossoming!

Ramadimetja Manthatha has just turned 6 and attends the bridging class at Elsburg Centre. Despite having Cerebral Palsy, this delightful little girl spreads sweetness and light with her sunny nature.

Children with Cerebral Palsy often have uncontrollable reflex movements and muscle tightness caused by brain injury/problems that occur during pregnancy, birth, or the first 2 to 3 years of life. Symptoms may change or even get worse as the child gets older. Cerebral Palsy is caused by:

  • Premature birth
  • Insufficient blood, oxygen, or nutrients before or during birth
  • Serious head injury
  • A serious infection, such as meningitis
  • Genetic conditions that affect brain development

With the care and attention lavished on her by the dedicated Sunshine team, Ramadimetja has made steady progress. Although shy with adults she enjoys interacting with other children and eagerly participates in outdoor games, particularly if it is a ball game. Her co-ordination has improved so much that during constructive play sessions, she is able to use scissors to cut in a straight line, can assemble building blocks and complete foam board puzzles.

But the achievement that brings the biggest grin to her little face is being able to dress and undress herself with minimal assistance. Those bright eyes and proud smile say it all – ‘Look! I did it myself!’

Our incredible staff and children continue to inspire us every day. We welcome your calls and queries – let us help your child become a Sunshine Superstar.