Negmit shines in Mongolia

Negmit shines in Mongolia

Meet Negmit, a teenager in Mongolia with cerebral palsy and a gentle spirit. He is one of many children MAF has flown from the remote countryside to get life-transforming therapy treatment in the capital, Ulaanbaatar.

Negmit has just flown in the little MAF plane from his home in Bulgan Sum in the far west of Mongolia to the capital, Ulaanbaatar.

The 13-year-old boy (pictured in the green jumper) has severe cerebral palsy, and has to cope with many involuntary movements and no use of the right side of his body. His ankles, hip joints and right wrist are all contracted. He is not able to walk, stand or sit cross-legged.

Talking is difficult for Negmit. He speaks the Kazakh language and his mother, who teaches at a Muslim school, translates the Mongolian during their time at the Reaching The Light centre that provides therapy services for children with special needs and training for their families to best support them.

Negmit has never attended kindergarten or school like his four brothers and sisters, but he is very smart. He likes to learn new things and is a hard worker. His heart is very soft and he is kind towards his mother and other adults and children around him. The Reaching The Light team has often observed that children with a similar disability who have reached their early teens have also developed behavioral problems and express a lot of anger. However, Negmit wants to be cooperative and is kind and gentle.

Negmit flies with MAF from Bulgan Sum to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

After two weeks of therapy, his muscles have become much more relaxed. He has successfully learned to sit in a cross-legged position. His once redundant right hand is now being used to touch and hold items with the support of his left hand.

Negmit has learnt new counting skills and to identify colour – all significant steps forward.

'We believe their therapy program was successful and seeds of hope and light have been planted in their lives!'

Ryan Van Geest, MAF pilot

'Negmit and his mother have enjoyed being in the centre and expressed their gratitude and thanks,' said MAF Pilot Ryan Van Geest. 'After they returned home, they phoned several times to express their thankfulness. They would like the team to visit them in Bulgan Sum too one day!

'We believe their therapy program was successful and seeds of hope and light have been planted in their lives!'