TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Happy. Joyful and full of energy. There’s not much slowing down two-year-old Carter Mullins, despite facing several health challenges.
“He’s such a happy baby, said his mother Courtney Mullins.
Spina bifida affects his motor skills. Carter also was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which means water on the brain. This can lead to delays in development.
“When he first came here, he was very quiet. He didn’t say much,” Mullins said.
Speech Therapist Kamme Riddle works with Carter on his speech.
“When he started coming a year ago, he was essentially non-verbal,” Riddle said. “He made a noise when he wanted something. He reached. He cried. He yelled.”
That’s no longer the case.
“His vocabulary has come so far. We’re working on sentence structure and social aspects of language,” Riddle said.
Through imaginative play and lots of questions, Carter is learning about colors, sounds and objects. And hearing Carter discover the world around him, give his family hope.
“They do genuinely love what they do,” Mullins said. “I’m thankful for the Regional Rehab Center for working with my son.”
Carter, like others, receives these services because of generous donations. Be sure to join us for Celebration of Hope on Sunday, November 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on ABC-WTVA.