At 18 months old, Jabin survived a devastating apartment complex fire. Jabin and his oldest brother Jacob made it out of the building in time. Sadly, their grandmother and brother Jeremiah did not. Jabin was rushed to the hospital where he spent the next three months recovering from second and third degree burns that covered more than 42% of his body. Once discharged, he immediately started services in the Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Program at Ability KC.
At the time of admission to Ability KC he still had open wounds on his face and upper extremities that required multiple bandage and dressing changes each day. Yet Jabin’s tenacious youthful spirit never waivered. The family and therapy teams set his initial goals to complete age appropriate self care skills such as getting dressed and feeding himself as well as interacting with peers.
Through his physical, occupational and speech therapies Jabin worked to stretch his scar tissue, walk without tripping, and open his mouth wide all while taking steps to avoid additional scarring and contractures.
Over the past two years, Jabin’s therapy teams have watched him thrive and achieve many milestones. It is not uncommon to see him circling the halls at Ability KC on his tricycle with his cape flowing behind him in honor of his favorite hero, Superman. Today, he is able to grasp items, ride his tricycle, chase his big brother and play basketball with his friends. Jabin’s goals will continue to evolve as he ages and, Ability KC will remain his partner in celebrating all of life’s big events.