Find out about Nikita's disabilities, and how they affect her everyday.
Nikita doesn't just suffer with one disability. Every part of Nikita's brain is damaged.
Please take a minute to read below the problems Nikita faces everyday.
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
The disorder may stem from a wide variety of conditions that cause abnormal growth of the brain, or from syndromes associated with chromosomal abnormalities. A homozygous mutation in one of the microcephalin genes causes primary microcephaly. It serves as an important neurological indication or warning sign, but no uniformity exists in its definition. It is usually defined as a head circumference (HC) more than two standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. Some academics advocate defining it as head circumference more than three standard deviations below the mean for the age and sex.
There is no specific treatment that returns the head size to normal. In general, life expectancy for individuals with microcephaly is reduced and the prognosis for normal brain function is poor. Occasionally some will grow normally and develop normal intelligence.
Global Developmental Delay
Global developmental delay is a term used to describe life-long disabilities attributable to mental and/or physical or combination of mental and physical impairments, manifested prior to age twenty two. The term is used most commonly to refer to disabilities affecting daily functioning in three or more of the following areas:
- Capacity for independent living
- Economic self-sufficiency
- Receptive and expressive language
- Self direction