Katie Foster, a NW Campus student, looks after a boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
She drives him to the Special Olympics, horseback and physical therapy sessions and helps with daily tasks like eating and dressing.
“He is 12, but mentally he is between four and six depending on the day,” Foster said.
Some days are difficult. Removal of two parts of his brain left the boy with no impulse control and only able to say a few simple words, though he understands 98 percent of what happens around him.
“His brain and his mouth do not communicate,” Foster said. “The older he gets, the more frustrated he gets with not being able to communicate.”
Frustration and lack of impulse control lead to outbursts of anger.
“When he gets mad, it gets brutal,” Foster said.
But he always feels remorse when he calms down, she said.
She also has to deal with his seizures.
“You have to be stronger than the seizure,” Foster said.
Luckily, his seizures are usually restricted to one limb at a time.
“Working with him has made my patience level go beyond high,” Foster said. “Working with someone who cannot help themselves puts you in superhero mode.”