Leaving neonatal care, Lukas failed a hearing test and was later diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss. Then, just before his 1st birthday, Lukas was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Lukas was born three weeks preterm, spending the first three and a half weeks of his life in neonatal care. Leaving neonatal care, Lukas failed a hearing test and was later diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss. Then, just before his 1st birthday, Lukas was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
At 5 years-of-age, Lukas underwent a multi-level tendon operation to reduce the restriction brought about by spasticity. Lukas also undergoes regular physio and occupational therapy to improve his movement.
From the age of two, Lukas has worn foot braces to help keep him on flat feet and assist normal development of his feet. Lukas looks forward to the day when he no longer requires the braces.
He is a go-getter of a kid, and sometimes he wishes he wasn’t held back by some of the additional challenges that he has.
Not letting his disability define him though, Lukas has come along in leaps and bounds from, at times being unable to get up and down due to his flat feet, to becoming the “independent walker and runner he is today.”
Lukas lives in Auckland with his brothers, Zander and Emil, and his parents, Thom and Helle.
Despite his condition, Lukas is an intrepid kid just like any other 11-year- old. He loves going to Denmark to see family, visiting his cousins on the farm, and going sailing. Lukas loves it when he wins a race, and hopes to one day represent New Zealand in the Paralympics.
Cure Kids funds research that is using robotic technology to improve the walking pattern of kids with cerebral palsy. It is hoped that this will improve the quality of lives of children, like Lukas, living with this condition.