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Letter from Nannette Cruz
We have been blessed with angels in our life and one of them is Mr. Raymond H. Cralle. We heard about Mr. Cralle through the parents of a near drowning boy in Maryland on August 2005, and started therapies on September 6, 2005. After 6 years of trying to find help for our son, Rafael A. Cruz, finally we met Mr. Cralle.
Our son, Rafael, was a healthy 22 months old boy who enjoyed playing with his brother and sisters and was very talented with the drums; till an accident happened on May 18, 1999. Rafael fell in a swimming pool and near drowned. As a result of this accident Rafael was diagnosed with severe brain damage due to lack of oxygen and the doctors said he will stay in a persistent vegetative state. We never accepted this diagnosis and tried to find alternatives for our son. We have tried different approaches: natural medicine, hyperbaric oxygen, mineral therapy, and a program for parents to help their children with exercises and stimulation.
Rafael never had so many improvements until he started physical therapy with Mr. Cralle. By the time Rafael started Mr. Cralle therapies, Rafy had a dislocated hip, severe scoliosis and was severely spastic. It was very hard to position him on the bed because of the “C” shape of his back, it was hard to change his diaper, his arms and hands were so tight and his legs were overextended, in general he was fighting his own body. After the first therapy we noticed the changes in his tone, he wasn’t that stiff anymore, and during the months that followed he kept getting better and better.
But there was a problem, we couldn’t afford to pay for more therapies, the last one that we paid for was on March 2006. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of Mr. Cralle, Rafael continues to receive therapies at no charge. Rafael now a 9 1⁄2 year old is able to control switch activated communication devices, he is aware, his back is straight, he is not stiff anymore, he bends his knees, tracks with his eyes, and is not fighting his own body.
God bless Mr. Cralle, for contributing to Rafael’s Miracle in Progress.
Sincerely, Nanette and Miguel