Clinician Speaks: Physiotherapy for the visually Diabled by Sadia Vanjara

On the 14th of March this year, the story of 12-year-old RehmatShaikh, a blind boy, was taken up by one of the most renowned newspapers of our country, THE HINDU.

Rehmat, who was born in a remote village near Kolkata, was not able to walk since birth, for a reason which was not only astonishing but also very sad. Because he was born blind, his parents, especially his mother, didn’t let him engage in any kind of activity. She thought, rather believed, that because her first born was blind, it would be best to keep him isolated and protected at all times. This resulted in Rehmat being carried in the arms of his relatives, friends and family, leaving him with zero opportunity to move, explore, interact and eventually grow (physically, mentally and emotionally). The consequence? Delayed milestones.

But today, Rehmat is walking almost independently.

Let’s take a closer look at the problems that patients like Rehmat face, and the possible physiotherapy treatment protocols that can be drawn up for such patients.

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