Justine

Cerebral Palsy

Justine is a highly-motivated nine and a half year old girl who is working hard every day at becoming as strong and independent as she can be. Justine and her brother Jamal are twins who were born prematurely at 27 weeks. At birth, Justine experienced bleeding in her brain. When doctors realized she wasn’t meeting her milestones, Justine was referred to Grandview Children’s Centre for assessment. In 2007, Justine was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy affecting all four of her limbs. Over the past eight years, Justine has benefited from the expert paediatric care she receives at Grandview Children’s Centre, including: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy and social work services. Last year, Justine had multi-level orthopaedic surgery on her legs requiring several weeks of intensive rehabilitation. During that time, Justine attended Campbell Children’s School, the education partner of Grandview Children’s Centre, where she received daily post-operative therapy while continuing her studies at school. Despite her challenges, Justine is an energetic kid with a great sense of humour who lights up every room she enters.