The diagnosis: Ska-Fo-Sey-Fally. Shemiah underwent corrective brain surgery at the age of 2, and has completed several other rounds of surgery. Since the initial surgery, Shemiah, has been more talkative and active and he attends speech therapy to further his progress. Though acticity is somewhat restricted, he and brother Abishai are partners in adventure.
Shemiah’s illness disabled this family
Shemiah’s father, works in the kitchen at a local restaurant, however, his paycheck barely kept the family afloat. He and his wife shared a single car that provided transportation to work, Shemiah to testing facilities in Miami and both boys to preschool. Shemiah’s mother was unable to work because Shemiah’s condition required regular visits to various doctors.
Opportunity is a village
Through collaboration with other organizations the family was provide support to work through the obstacles of medical expenses, child care, transportation and other basic needs. Through the Palm Beach Post Season to Share Program, a used car was purchased to facilitate the frequent trips to Miami Children’s hospital. Shemiah was provided a one-year scholarship and the family received support to acquire a special bed for Shemiah.
Today Shemiah is a healthy five-year old
Shemiah graduated from Opportunity Early Learning Center in May 2013. He is enrolled and well prepared to enter Kindergarten.
His parents have bounced back. Mom is working and Opportunity was able to facilitate stability in the home while the family worked through the medical and financial hardships.