It’s just a tiny three-letter word but hearing it means the world to them. Three-year-old Amalia Adams can’t walk, crawl or do anything healthy children her age can do – but recently, she started saying the word “Mom”.
And her proud parents never get tired of hearing her saying it – it’s such a relief because for years Shaaqira Sallie (27) and Taahir Adams (30) from Crosby in Johannesburg wondered if they’d ever hear their child speaking.
Just a few months after her birth in 2017, Amalia was diagnosed with Dandy-Walker syndrome (DWS), a rare congenital malformation of the cerebellum – the part of the brain that controls movement. At age four, she still can’t walk and her parents move her around in a specialised pram.