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Sofía's story

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Sofia learning Braille with her mother

Sofía is a four-year-old visually impaired girl who lives in Medellín, Colombia. Soon after her birth she was diagnosed with Leber Congenital Amaurosis, a congenital disease. Thanks to the constant team work with her mother, rehabilitator and teacher from the Multis Foundation programme she has increased her capabilities and this makes her happy.

Sight problem diagnosed

Sofía is a four-year-old visually impaired girl who lives with her parents and grandmother in a poor and vulnerable neighbourhood of Medellín, Colombia. Sofía's parents do not have stable jobs. Her grandmother works as a house keeper with a wealthy family. Soon after her birth her mother noticed that Sofía had sight problems. It was confirmed by a doctor under the diagnosis of Leber Congenital Amaurosis, a congenital disease.

As soon as her grandmother learned about Sofía's sight limitation she started searching to get to institutional help for Sofía. Fortunately, the family where the grandmother serves was willing to provide economic support to cover the expenses of professional attention and transportation for Sofía to get Multis Foundation.

Multis Foundation support

As the rehabilitation programme started in July 2008, when Sofía was nine months-old, the Foundation realised that the main barrier to overcome Sofía challenge was to convince her parents about the opportunity she had to get  an education and a normal life as any other girl her age could.

At the beginning of the rehabilitation programme Sofía exhibited irritability and poor development of her ability to feed.  After three years of the Multis rehabilitation programme for Sofía, which includes Sofía's parent's active participation, patience and faith, Sofía is able to enjoy her life more independently.

The result

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Sofia playing a drum in her music classes at Multis Foundation
Nowadays Sofía is able to walk with the help of a cane and has reduced the number of times of tripping. 

She also recognises objects, leads play time activities with her peers, dresses and undresses alone and has no problems feeding herself. 

Sofía is happy to participate in all activities organised in the Foundation and loves music.

In addition, Sofía is also participating in the early intervention program at Jardín la Playita (Institution for early childhood education).


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