Kaleb works hard to build strength and function at Children’s
Kaleb Webb was born four weeks premature after his mom was in a car accident in January 2010. He suffered from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), the effects of his mother’s placental abruption (when the placenta peels away from the uterine walls) and partial brain damage.
Kaleb’s initial prognosis was vague. "It was really bleak at first," said Gail Gowitt, Kaleb's mom. "Doctors couldn’t tell what he would be able to do."
At 8 months, Kaleb's parents and pediatrician started noticing developmental delays in him, like not reaching to feed himself. He began physical therapy at Children's at Satellite Boulevard shortly after.
At 18 months old, however, Kaleb still couldn’t walk due to spasticity (stiff or rigid muscles) in his legs. He was then diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP).
One of our pediatric physiatrists with the Children's Rehabilitation Associates, who examined Kaleb, said he may be a candidate for a surgery called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). This is a neurosurgical procedure that can reduce spasticity without affecting sensation or strength.
When Kaleb's parents met Dr. William Boydston, the Practice Director of Neurosurgery, who would be doing the procedure, they were convinced it was the right step for their son.