A Companys Quest To Help A Cerebral Palsy Sufferer
Worldwide manufacturer of stairlifts saves Bulgarian boy’s education
By: Acorn Stairlifts
Ivan Radkova (15), who suffers from spastic cerebral palsy, is described by his mother as a “prisoner in his own body”. Despite his physical challenges his mother Pavlina knew he had an active and intelligent brain and was determined to fight for her son’s education, despite the difficulties she faced getting him to school.
Ivan was born two months premature and weighed just 3lbs 8oz. Doctors insisted he would not last the night and tried to persuade Pavlina to abandon her son. Pavlina refused to turn her back on her child and 15 years on, the triumphant duo are still fighting against all odds.
Pavlina explained: “I knew Ivan could and would survive and we’ve spent this entire life working towards the very best care I can give him and the most “normal” education I can find.”
A normal education for Ivan meant a three hour journey to school which culminated with Pavlina carrying her son the final 15 steps to the school entrance.
At Acorn Stairlifts we heard of Pavlina’s plight following a hard-hitting documentary “Bulgaria’
“We contacted The Bulgarian Abandoned Children’s Trust (TBACT) and were put in touch with Pavlina and the school. It was a difficult project as we met with some resistance from the school who were resistant to change, but after six months of negotiations, the stairlift was in and running for Ivan.”
Kate Blewett, who now heads up the charity TBACT and has produced a raft of award-winning documentary designed to provide insight into care practices overseas, has followed Ivan’s progress. She said: “What we strive for in all our documentaries is that they literally do help to change people’s lives. Our aim is to raise awareness and expose some of the hidden issues that go unseen by the outside world. Acorn Stairlifts has done what so many organisations fail to do. Take notice, take interest and take action.
“This level of support and input after seeing our films makes every part of the documentary making process worthwhile. We can and we do make a difference – and the expertise and support of companies such as Acorn is vital to helping improve lives.”
Today, Ivan is in the 7th grade and still attends a regular school. Pavlina says he is permanently happy, smiling and has faith in everyone’s “goodness”
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