Tommy Berchenko. Not jealous of his healthy brother
Photo: Dalit Shacham

Disabled kid dreams of directing

(Video) Tommy Berchenko, 14, suffers from CP and cannot speak. Instead, he communicates with his surroundings using a writing board and already knows what he wants to be when he grows up

VIDEO - Tommy Berchenko is only 14 years old, and has already founded a trainees' committee in Krembo Wings, a youth movement for disabled children he is active in.


Tommy suffers from cerebral palsy and cannot speak at all. Instead, he uses a writing board to communicate with his surroundings.


Reporter: Sivan Raviv; Video: Dalit Shacham; Editing: Rona Feffer


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He was removed from his mother's uterus in a Cesarean section after his twin brother Jan was born in a regular birth, and apparently suffered from lack of oxygen.


Tommy's mother, Karina, noticed that something was wrong with him since the day he was born, but everyone told her she was simply comparing him to Jan and that every child had his own development speed.


Today, with his basic communication board, Tommy can even write scripts and dream about becoming a film director one day. He receives a lot of encouragement from Jan, a completely healthy boy who doesn't cut him slack because of his disability.


Their mother Karina says that "the moment you sit with Tommy and see what he writes, you understand that he's not backward. He always accepted himself the way he is and is not jealous of his healthy brother."



פרסום ראשון: 04.28.11, 08:13
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