MOTHER’S intuition kept 17-year-old Jenna Lowrey returning to doctors with her son time after time, despite being dismissed as a ‘‘lazy teen mum’’.
As an infant, Kody had missed almost every developmental cue and was unable to move the left side of his body.
After 11 months of hospital visits and specialist appointments, a Belmont Hospital doctor found that Kody had cerebral palsy.
From that moment onward, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance became a crutch for Miss Lowrey and her partner Daniel O’Brien.
With its support, Kody’s paralysis has been totally reversed.
Kody is now three and still cannot walk or talk.
The toddler was also diagnosed with epilepsy after having been revived by his mother in their Bolton Point home following a 20-minute seizure.
Now also parents to a healthy seven-month-old daughter Allira, the couple said they would not have coped without the alliance.
Miss Lowrey will participate in its STEPtember initiative to raise funds for its services and equipment.
She has pledged to walk 10,000 steps every day for 28 days, starting today.
While Miss Lowrey desperately needs a modified vehicle and a tilting wheelchair for Kody to cater for both his conditions, she said the alliance was her priority.
‘‘This definitely outweighs our need for a van because so many other families just like ours need CPA [Cerebral Palsy Alliance],’’ she said.
■ Go to event.steptember.org.au/donate to join the fund-raising event or donate.