‘It’s irreparable’: Parents worry children face permanent health issues due to COVID-19 delays

‘It’s irreparable’: Parents worry children face permanent health issues due to COVID-19 delays
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TORONTO —
Five-year-old Noah Mota is facing long-term health consequences due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even though he hasn’t contracted the disease.

Mota needs ongoing medical care for a tumor that left him with a spinal cord injury, but much of the treatment he needs was deemed non-essential during the height of the pandemic, forcing it to be delayed by several months.

“It has been basically impossible to get physical therapy and occupational therapy that Noah relies on for basic health reasons and also we had to delay getting his new leg braces and seating for a wheelchair,” Mota’s mother Ivona Novak told CTV News.

On top of delays to his wheelchair and leg brace fittings, Mota also needs injections for bladder control that were also deemed…



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