Ralph from Ichenhausen-Rieden is now more alert, relaxed and shows more interest. He is very thankful to the young people in the village who helped to make this possible. Ralph has been seriously disabled due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The young people invited many others to a congenial coffee afternoon and collected donations, a sum of 2300 Euro, to help finance a dolphin therapy in Turkey in which Ralph recently took part.
It will be „a celebration for the whole village“ said the 21 year-old Alexander Dehm of the festivities.He and his friends Simon Götz (19), Andreas Milonas (20) and another 20 young people from Rieden wanted to help finance the 5000 Euro therapy with coffee and cakes and live music in the hall at the Gasthaus Weißes Ross. Cakes and coffee were donated which made for a lovely Autumn Sunday afternoon.
At least 15 young people gave their best in the kitchen and serving the 150 guests who came not only from Rieden but also neighbouring localities. „There was a lot of coming and going“, said Simon Götz with satisfaction. They were entertained by Ralph’s brother in-law on accordeon and guitar. Also his sister Corina held a Beamer show giving first-hand information on dolphin therapy. Ralph was accompanied to the therapy in Antalya by his parents Centa and Edwin Sonderholzer as also by his sister and brother in-law Corina and Konrad Butzmann to provide 24-hour support.
This was a great success ensured mother Centa Sonderholzer. „He adjusted so well“ she said happily, and reported that her son had really enjoyed the daily 45 minute sessions in the lagoon with the dolphins. „The dolphin kissed him repeatedly“, said Centa Sonderholzer. Ralph had held his arms out, touched the dolphin, even in its mouth.
Additionally there was a complete programme including Physiotherapy and Cranio-Sacral therapy with which Ralph, thanks to the training with the dolphin, became a lot more awake and alert as he had been.
He showed his feelings through laughing and weeping.
Ralph, who cannot speak, takes account of his surroundings and shows his feelings through laughing and weeping. He suffers multiple spasms and has to be tube-fed 80% of the time. The doctors had given him a poor prognosis, namely that in five years he will no longer be able to sit in a wheel chair. This neither his parents nor his sisters Corina and Diana are willing to accept because then Ralph would no longer be mobile. He now regularly goes to work in the workshop for the disabled in Ursberg. He was present at the coffee afternoon in the Gasthaus Weißes Ross. He knew that a lot of people had come on his account and laughed and wept with joy, excitement and emotion.
„Ralph understands everything“, said his sister Diana, „he is very sensitive.“ And he understandably enjoys being part of everyday life. Also because of this it is so important to his family that Ralph remains mobile. Dolphin therapy has helped towards this „He can now hold his head up a lot better“, said his mother and showed how Ralph can now move his fingers to try to grasp.
In order that this progress remains, possibly even to improve upon, Centa Sonderholzer will additionally to the usual therapies also regularly undertake swimming exercises with her son in thermal waters. „Ralph wants to be encouraged“, she said and hopes for more, if only a little, progress.
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