And the long-awaited moment finally arrived; we went to pick up the CDs!
We cried a lot after recording this video. It awakens us a lot of emotions, mostly good but some not so much. Since Biel was born, 5 years ago, we have lived very strong experiences. This solidarity project to operate Biel has made us live this experience, difficult moment as you can imagine, as an adventure, a challenge, a battle in which we have felt tucked in and accompanied at all times. Thank you endlessly!
Thanks to the collaboration of you all Biel was able to be operated on August 14 in Germany and the surgery was a success. We were also able to make the recording of his first solidarity album «We are Biel» a reality. The album will be launched on September 28th coinciding with his anniversary: the champion will be 5! We are preparing some actions for Sunday 27 and we wanted to ask, if you’re excited, your collaboration with a couple of videos: one congratulating him on his birthday and another singing the chorus of the main theme song of the album «We are Biel» or dancing. It’s going to be really nice to make a reminder video of this moment, isn’t it? The video will be posted on Biel’s social media starting Sunday.
If you’re encouraged to participate, send the videos recorded in VERTICAL to WhatsApp +34609346552 Thursday the latest. Thank you!
On August 4, we left on our way to Germany to operate Biel. We had no problem crossing the borders and on the 8th we were already in Munich. We settled in a campsite 10 minutes from the Schön Klinik München hospital and rested as much as we could. We knew that charging energy was essential to cope with the cocktail of emotions that was coming. A few hours before entering, Biel and I, Judith, tested negative for covid-19 and there was no going back. Come on!
I remind you that the intervention consisted of two procedures: one muscular, which had to allow Biel’s muscles to be less rigid. And another in the bone that would make Biel’s body form bone where it was missing in the cavity that collects the heads of the femur. Well, the intervention was better than expected. Because once the muscular tension of the legs was released, the heads of the femur returned to fit inside this cavity, the acetabulum. Although we know that the acetabulum is not fully formed, the doctor informed us that until the age of 6-7 the bone can develop and wanted to give this margin to Biel. If it doesn’t evolve well enough, they would operate it in 2-3 years.
We begin a new intensive rehabilitation stage that is crucial for Biel to learn to move with this new muscle tone. Physiotherapists at the hospital made a report specifying what would be important to do. Leaving the hospital we began to perform the gentle mobilizations that they taught us and to put him on his feet several times a day. Now, at home, a multidisciplinary rehabilitation plan begins: 3 hours per week of Bobath Physiotherapy, 2 hours in the pool, daily myofascial manual therapy, Jeremy Krauss Approach, 1 hour of hippotherapy … The variety of therapies is very important for the nervous system so that it receives different stimuli. Since we are babies, we do not stop receiving stimuli and we move in many different ways until learning occurs naturally. Babies born with a severe brain injury have an abrupt decrease in movement and therefore in receiving stimuli. They are children who, since they leave the hospital, do not stop doing therapy to be as autonomous as possible. They are the most powerful symbol of resilience that exists in this world.
If you are excited to know how Biel is evolving and what he is learning, you can follow him on the social networks Facebook and Instagram (we are always more active on Instagram)
The last few months have been very difficult times for everyone. The pandemic has been a very big shock. We were especially affected because we couldn’t do anything for Biel’s hips. But, a few hours ago, we have been confirmed from Germany that Biel can be operated on August 14.
Dr. Bernius from Germany was our last choice. He is not a doctor directly trained by the creator of the technique, Dr. Nuzzo from US. But Dr. Nuzzo has communicated to us on several occasions that he fully trusts him, that he is performing a small variation of the technique and that we cannot dismiss him as an option for Biel given the whole global situation with Covid19.
So we begin our journey next week. We will travel with our van and cross some borders that, up to date, the respective embassies confirm there are no mobility restrictions.
After the lockdown, we have advanced as much as possible editing Verkami’s rewards. But now August comes and, for example, the photo printing will not work until September. We are sorry that all this has been so delayed, but we hope you will receive it as soon as possible.
Thank you for helping us make this new Biel´s adventure come true.