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Raquel, Miriam, Yoel and Marcela.

How MeRT changed our lives

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Our Story – Testimony of a Mother of a Child with Autism.

We have a beautiful daughter, Raquel and she was diagnosed with severe autism at the young age of 1 ½ years. Rachel did not follow directions, she did not look into my eyes, she did not want to be touched, she did not speak, she did not listen or respond to her name, she did not distinguish me as her mother, and i could clearly feel she was very anxious all the time.

Desperate, and with the intention of doing my best to guarantee a better quality of life for my daughter, for 4 years I investigated and took all available routes to try to help her overcome her condition. I took her to different types of therapy (phonoaudiology, occupational, behavioral, and sensory integration), in addition to a diet regime free of casein and gluten.

Miriam shares with us her complete journey, from her daughter Raquel getting a diagnosis of severe autism until the day she found out about MeRT and how the treatment changed their lives.

All these efforts were important and helped my daughter have small signs of improvement, but Raquel was far from making any significant progress – doctors still gave her the same severe diagnosis.

It was not until the fourth year of this endless quest that we finally came up with something that would change our life, and the life of our daughter forever.

When it seemed that all alternatives were exhausted, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet told me about a new therapy in Newport Beach, California, called MeRT, which consisted of repetitive brain stimulation through magnetic waves. There was already strong empirical evidence that they help to regulate brain functioning quickly, safely, effectively and permanently.

Dr. Bradstreet explained that there were 20% of people who for some unknown reason did not respond to treatment, but an 80% chance of improvement was definitely an opportunity that I was not willing to let go, especially if it had to do with the well-being Of my girl.

I traveled to California and they explained what the treatment consisted of. Rachel was going to do an EEG (Electro encephalogram) to determine exactly what was happening in her brain so that they could design a treatment tailored to her needs.

The study confirmed that the front of her brain did not work properly so Rachel did not process the information like the other children.

With the clearest panorama, and high optimism, I agreed to start treatment immediately. I could not wait to start.

MeRT – A new chance for Raquel.

On the first day of therapy I thought my daughter wouldn´t cooperate. To my surprise she seemed to enjoy the procedure. Obviously at the end of the day I saw no changes in her behavior, but I did not expect to see results so fast. The story takes a really unexpected turn for all of us at the end of the second day of therapy.

We went back to the house of some relatives, where we were spending the night, and Raquel approached me, with a glass between her little hands asking me to give her some “Juz”. There are no words that can express the emotions that I felt at that moment. All the people who know me ask me if I shed tears of joy in that moment.

My answer is simple: No. To cry you have to understand and process the information, and I was simply shocked at what seemed like a complete miracle. It was the first time I could say that I had heard the voice of my 4 year old daughter. Incredibly this was not all. A few minutes later my daughter went out to the garden of the house, approached a lemon tree, took one and brought it to her face to smell it.

For a little girl who practically lived in the corner of the room, interacting with her shadow, this was a revelation, to the point that a few moments later, when her sister took the lemon from her hands, Raquel demanded loudly “My, Lemon?”

Only two days of therapy had passed and we suddenly had what seemed, for the first time in her short life, a normal child

At the end of the second week of treatment, we arrived at the Clinic excited and very eager to share with the medical staff the great advances that we had seen after the second therapy. The Director of Center approached me and asked me to accompany him to the games room where Raquel was. I will never forget that moment. He said, “Look at your daughter.” Raquel was there, sitting by a window. She was point to the passing cars and asking out loud: “Blue Car?”, “Green Car?”, also an airplane “Blue Plane with White?”

Most incredible of all was that not only she had improved her ability to communicate, but her emotional projection also took a 180-degree turn. My daughter now asked me to get her up and carry her in my arms. She hugged myself for the first time voluntarily and repeatedly for more than 15 minutes. Aside from improving in language, she also improved her emotional connection

They were the most beautiful 15 minutes of my life. My daughter recognized me and expressed it openly and freely for the first time

Since that day he did not let me go, everything she wanted to do, was with me. When I realized these great changes I began to carry out other activities with my daughter

What I can not forget to mention is that Raquel’s anxiety did not allow us to take her anywhere. When we went to a mall, the screams were so loud that a man even asked if she needed an ambulance

To take her to the USA was horrible too, because customs officers could not understand how this girl could not calm down with her mother

After 3 weeks of therapy Raquel even tolerated going to Disney. That frightful part of our lives was over. Now I was free to walk with my daughter and she was for the first time able to enjoy the rides.

I took her one day to the Disney Store in the mall to see if she would be interested in something, since nothing ever interested her. I told her that she could choose a gift and I was so surprised when he started looking around the store. She looked for a Sesame Street doll called Monster. She looked at him with eyes that glowed with curiosity, pointed it out and said “this?” This was the first time Raquel was interested in a toy and chose it.

As these experiences I have thousands, so many that when it was time to end the treatment, I panic. I spent the whole night before her last treatment awake, thinking about what I was going to do, returning to Panama and leaving the therapy behind

I also thought about the great number of people who would benefit from the treatment, but who would not have the opportunity to travel for so long.

I meditatead about why G”d sent this miracle to me. I came to the conclusion that if Raquel did so well, it had to be for something greater than us.

At the end of the Treatment and seeing the progress, I decided to meet with the key people of the company and asked them to send a MeRT machine to Panama.

When I got to the office I sat down with them and explained that I would not be able to live without the machine that brought me so many miracles. They explained to me that the machine is just that a machine, that for the treatment to work it needed the whole team of scientists who are the ones that determine the personalized protocols what each patient needs.

I basically begged them to make it possible to bring therapy to Panama. They assured me that they would do everything possible to create a program where they could support us in everything from California.

It took a year, but we finally managed to open the doors of Brain Treatment Center in Panama, and provide thousands of people with a treatment that could be the change they sought in their lives, closer, more accessible and comfortable.

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