Sultan is an accomplished seven-year-old; he speaks and counts in French, English, and Arabic. He grew up in a multilingual household with his parents speaking French and English and his grandparents conversing in Arabic.
Sultan, like any child his age, wants to play outdoors with his friends and parents. However, his love of the outdoors presents a problem when temperatures reach 110 degrees plus in the Las Vegas summers. This is even more difficult because Sultan suffers from spina bifida – a birth defect that occurs when bones do not properly form around the spinal cord – and his weakened immune system rules out public playgrounds.
For a long time, Sultan had zero feeling in his legs, like many severe cases of spina bifida. He didn’t even feel it when he broke his femur. However, Sultan’s daily therapy is helping to change that. He now stands for upwards of 35 minutes a day and can control motion in his legs. The biggest factor in Sultan’s recovery is his will. A determined and disciplined little boy, he wakes up for therapy at 4:30 a.m. to avoid the punishing Vegas heat and so he can enjoy his therapy outside with the trees as he watches the sunrise.