WHAS Crusade for Children: Gabby's story

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WHAS11.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Eighteen-month-old Gabby Carbajal is an independent-minded young lady who needs a bit of special attention.

"We pretty much knew from the time she was born that she was going to have problems because she's got the brain malformation," Gabby's mom Jessica said. "Her doctor probably referred us . . . probably around three months when she could tell that her eyes were moving constantly."

The doctor referred the Carbajals to Visually-Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) to help gabby deal with her visual challenges.

Therapist, Dixie Miller, comes to the family's home to help Gabby.  Gabby likes the play, but has her own ideas regarding glasses.

"For Gabby now, we're doing a lot with communication and purposeful play," Miller said. "She just recently got glasses that she won't wear, so we're doing of lot of trying to work on a pair of glasses that Gabby will wear."

VIPS provides treatment for Gabby thanks in part to grants from the WHAS Crusade for Children.

"The Crusade helped VIPS get its start," Mary Moore Yohan, the director of VIPS said. "They've seen us grown tremendously because the need has grown and they've helped us help families help their children." 

Dixie is using several approaches to get Gabby to focus her eyes and her attention. Gabby's mom said the therapy is working.

"Since Dixie's been coming, she's starting to focus on me and other people and she's looking towards the farther distance," Carbajal said. "She doesn't have to have light to play with toys. She'll find the toys on the floor by herself."

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