10 Years Old
Luca and his twin sister Maya were born at 25 weeks, weighing around 700 grams each. Despite suffering a severe brain bleed and declared dead by his paediatrician a week after birth, Luca miraculously started breathing again.
Defying all odds, Luca continued to fight to survive and so started his incredible journey of life.
As a result of his injuries around birth, Luca has cerebral palsy – he is a spastic triplegic with both legs and one arm permanently stiff. Despite this, Luca continued to develop and thrive and approached his countless weekly therapies with tenacity, endurance and an incredible sense of humour. Luca managed to reach all his milestones in his own time and started mainstream schooling, but he did not develop the ability to walk.
After many years of crawling and always having to look up at the world from below, Luca was advised to start using a wheel chair, but our family refused. He continued to develop into an extremely intelligent, happy, confident and tenacious child who just approached his world from a different angle.
After many long years, at the age of 8 and a half, Luca miraculously managed to stand up one day and gave his first individual steps by himself! After all, it is his dream to play cricket for the Proteas one day!