Jacob has made wonderful strides since we first became a part of the Shannon Daley family. Jacob has progressed from using a walker to using his Service dog Inca or his quad cane to walk. Jacob has undergone spinal surgery as well as several eye surgeries and tendon lengthening over the last couple years. Although the recovery has been long, the benefits from each of his surgeries have been remarkable. Jacob and his twin brother Matthew attend the Pre-K program at public school and look forward to Kindergarten in the fall!
Cerebral Palsy is a disability caused by brain damage before
or during birth, resulting in a loss of voluntary muscular
control and coordination. Prematurity is one of the leading
causes of CP. When a baby has very low birth weight (less
than 3.3 lb), they are prone to many issues one being IVH
After a prolonged stay in the hospital due to complications
during pregnancy, we welcomed our twin boys Jacob and Matthew
Wittkop on September 17, 2005. They were born at 25 weeks.
Jacob weighed 1lb 15oz and 13 inches long, Matthew was 2lbs
1oz and 13.5 inches long.
Jacob came home from the hospital on December 17, 2005 at
exactly 3 months old. On Jacob’s 3rd day of life he suffered
a Grade 3 IVH and Stage 3 Retinopathy of the eyes. Jacob showed
signs of delay at about 6 months of age when we noticed he
was off target reaching his milestones. Jacob was diagnosed
with CP at about 8 months old.
We knew that because of the hemorrhage and he would have
medical problems, but time would tell us what challenges he
would be facing. Jacobs both legs are affected as well as
his left hand. He receives occupational therapy as well as
physical therapy several times a week. Jacob has braces he
wears day and night and a walker that he uses to get around.
In spite of this, Jacob is a happy 2 and half year old who
enjoys spending time with his brothers, both inside and outside.
He is rambunctious and daring, doing things that his twin
brother won’t even attempt to do. Jacob looks forward to every
day and doesn’t let any disability dampen his spirits.