Surgery allows boy with cerebral palsy to take first steps

Created: 06/11/2014 10:29 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A 5-year-old Albuquerque boy is just now starting to take his first independent steps.  Alejandro Lucero has cerebral palsy, so it has taken a major surgery and a lot of therapy for him to reach this milestone.

Alejandro was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 2.  One year later, his parents decided to have him undergo a spinal surgery to loosen his muscle tightness and spastic movements.

"Once we made the decision to do it, we have never looked back.  And we have never regretted it...not ever.  We've never questioned our decision because the progress that he's made is amazing," Bernadette said.

The family's next step takes them on a costly venture out of state.  The Luceros are all headed to Houston so Alejandro can undergo a 10 day intensive therapy.  Alejandro's mother Bernadette says it's crucial to keeping her son's progress moving forward.

"I'm hoping that this will give him the...actually I know because I've seen videos...this will give him the confidence and the strength to start taking independent steps," Bernadette said.

The problem is, it is not covered by insurance.  The family is continuously holding fundraisers.  If you would like to help, you can donate to First Financial Credit Union under Bernadette or Alejandro Lucero's name.  You can also email Bernadette at or donate to their online fundraiser.

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