After Astry was born, her parents noticed that she wasn't progressing as babies typically do. She wasn't able to lift her head and she showed a lot of muscle weakness. Her pediatrician recommended they take her to see a neurologist, and so Astry's parents brought her to Nicklaus Children's Hospital. That's where they found out that Astry has cerebral palsy
. The diagnosis was a shock, and when the doctor explained what they should expect, they were overcome. Astry had a long road ahead, but Nicklaus Children's was there every step of the way. At 5 years old, she underwent surgery which allowed her to start walking using the help of a walker. Throughout her whole life that she's been receiving treatment at Nicklaus Children's, Astry has gotten to know many of the departments; neurology
, cardiac, orthopedic, nephrology
, and the one that has impacted her the most, rehabilitative services. The different therapies Astry has received, occupational, speech, physical and more, have allowed her to progress tremendously and become more independent.