When Cameron was born in 1995 he was in perfect health but then, only five months later, he contracted pneumococcal meningitis. The resulting brain damage left him with dyspraxia (loss of fine and gross motor co-ordination) and a severe loss of muscle strength, as well as epilepsy.
At two-and-a-half years of age, unable to walk despite undergoing regular conventional and alternative therapies, Cameron came to HorsePower Australia where he sat on a horse for the first time. With no core strength to speak of, it took five people to assist him and keep him safe that first time, after just six months attending HorsePower his muscle tone and motor skills had improved markedly – so much so that he was able to stand and walk independently at his third birthday party.
Since then, Cameron has been a regular at HorsePower Australia, and while he will never be able to lead a ‘normal’ independent life – he has similar needs to those of a toddler – his sessions here have transformed his physical and emotional wellbeing. Today, at the age of 23 and surrounded by his extended HorsePower family, Cameron has progressed to carriage driving, giving him a degree of freedom and independence that his family thought may never be possible.