Foundation brings a smile to eight-year-old Miguel and his family

Miguel and Mónica with members of the Smile Foundation.
Miguel and Mónica with members of the Smile Foundation. / SUR
  • The youngster and his mother had to travel from Granada to Malaga for HBOT therapy, which was not available close to their home

The family of an eight-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy has thanked The Smile Foundation for its support and assistance and during their son's hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment.

Miguel López Jordán received the specialist treatment (HBOT) at the Vithas Xanit Internacional Regenerative Centre in Benalmádena during December 2016 and January 2017.

The family was struggling to cope with the travel arrangements because this therapy is not available within close proximity of Miguel's home in Baza in the province of Granada.

HBOT has shown great effectiveness in treating conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism and multiple sclerosis; although the downside is that the treatment is expensive.

The added expense of accommodation also meant that the treatment was not economically viable for the family.

However, The Smile Foundation and CLC World Resorts & Hotels stepped in and donated accommodation for Miguel and his mother at their resort in Benalmádena Costa.

Miguel's treatment involves the introduction of 100 per cent oxygen into the body within a pressurised room.

The pure oxygen supply to the tissues of the brain enhances cerebral blood flow. The oxygen that flows into the brain empowers the immune system and repairs the tissues that obstruct optimal blood flow into the brain.

Miguel's mother, Mónica, said, "We are very grateful for the help we received from The Smile Foundation, because the treatment has greatly improved Miguel's mobility."

The treatment has allowed Miguel to grasp things with his hands, and his ability to communicate has also improved with more rapid and clearer speech.

José Luis Mella, president of The Smile Foundation, said, "When we heard of the problems faced by Miguel and his family, we were only too happy to provide accommodation for them. Seeing the improvement in Miguel's well-being demonstrates how worthwhile this has been."