Matthew was born in September 2007 and found abandoned when he was 1.5 years old. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and club feet.
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Matthew likes listening to music and playing with cars, gets along well with others and smiles often. He lives in an orphanage and attends school on the orphanage grounds where he has learned simple addition and subtraction, reading and writing his name. He knows sizes, location, shapes, direction and the days of the week. Matthew speaks in sentences of 5 to 10 words, can answer questions easily and has good understanding. He is slightly delayed intellectually and linguistically.
Matthew had surgeries in March of 2011 and in May of 2015 which were successful and significantly improved his function and mobility. He received 2 hours of physical therapy in the mornings and afternoons after the surgeries. Matthew uses a walker to move around and is described as active, and he wears corrective shoes to help with his club feet. His cerebral palsy also affects his use of his hands but it is reported that he can draw shapes, pick up peanuts with chopsticks and pick up and throw a ball. Matthew can eat without assistance and is not a picky eater. He can also wash his hands, get dressed without assistance and tie his shoes. Matthew reportedly can have bowel and bladder control though he does not at this time. Matthew is said to be a resilient and positive child.
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