Joaquin’s condition is complex. His dystonia is treated using intrathecal baclofen and a brain pacemaker which provides deep brain stimulation. These have reduced Joaquin’s symptoms but he remains severely impaired in his gross and fine motor skills. His swallow is also affected and he is fed by gastrostomy.
Joaquin’s parents bought him an Upsee, with the aim of enabling him to achieve an upright perspective of his environment once more.
Joaquin’s parents feel that the Upsee has achieved this. They report that the freedom they have gained as a family to go the park, play ball or go for a walk is “truly marvellous”. They note that Joaquin appears more motivated and he smiles more in the Upsee, and they feel the participation opportunities they have gained has allowed them to bond better as a family.