FC BarcelonaTOThe little one has overcome his mobility problems, after a cerebral infarction, thanks to football
Thiago Torres is a happy, carious, cheerful seven-year-old boy, very soccer fan and very, very. Since very small, enjoy kicking the ball. "He always has a ball nearby, at home too, he never tires," says his mother, Laura. See all the Bara's matches, many delayed by the night schedules they are played. Review even the meetings that are several seasons ago. He does not care: play Barcelona. But the story of Thiago is special,is a great example of achievement thanks to sport.Four days after birth, she had an ischemic cerebral infarction. The doctors did not give him much hope of life, and if he survives he will have some important sequels: he will hardly be able to walk. Thanks to football and the Bara Academy, Thiago has overcome all its limitations.
"Since he was very small, he was playing football at the age of three, and at first he sometimes fell, then hopped off so as not to trip, and now he runs, he just has some mobility problem on the left," says his mother. It hardly shows.Although due to that minimal limitation, Thiago shoots with the left, because he prefers to have the support right, with which he feels more secure. "But in the Bara they are helping him to shoot with the right and take confidence with the other leg and support him, he is doing very well," says his mother. The little footballer plays in theBara School of Perfection of Terres de l'Ebreand this past Friday, from his birthday, he was surprised byRafinha, who gave him a shirt signed by Barcelona players. He is one of the 2,100 children of 23 countries who participate, starting this Monday, in the Bara Academy World Cup international tournament presented by Rakuten.
"It is one of the collective and personalizes the values of this club: sacrifice, effort, ambition, spirit of overcoming, teamwork... Our school is open to all children who sign up, there is no limitation for any condition, but it is the only one we have in this situation ", explains Xavier Miquel, head of the Bara Academy Perfection in the area of Catalonia and Tenerife, seven centers in total. "He came when he was three years old, and had trouble continuing. When he returned a couple, he was able to participate more in the exercises.He does everything like the rest, is happy playing football and sintindose one more of the group. They all support each other. He looks confident, happy. Here you learn, you enjoy and you share, you do not compete. And he likes that.In addition, many exercises are of individual resolution, we want the children to learn also by themselves and according to their characteristics, for what they have learned to make decisions, with and without the baln ", insists the coordinator.
Thiago trains on Mondays with the Bara, proudly showing off the cul, but two or three evenings more also plays, enjoys and has fun in the Jess i Maria, the club of its population, in Deltebre. All the minutes he dedicates to football seem few. Sport has not only made it possible for you to have more mobility, but also to be integrated. "In addition to how much he has progressed and won at the physical level, football has allowed him to feel one more. It's amazing how well you've done on a social, emotional and psychological level. He was recommended to us by a doctor and has really been good for him. We are very happy, "explains Laura.
Thiago does not stop smiling, running, kicking. "Mama, can I throw you out for a while now?" He asks his mother after finishing the training session. When he receives the affirmative answer, he goes happy giving touches to his Messi ball, which shows satisfied, to score goals to cow keeper but with distant shots."He's just afraid of finishing, he does not like the blows on his head, he's scared of him, he's aware of what happened to him and what is a particularly delicate area for him.. We have to pass many controls. He gets very nervous if they hit him in the head, "Laura explains.he confesses that now they are more worried because the father of the little one has been diagnosed with Brugada syndrome, which is genetic, and that can cause sudden death. In training, at school ... there is always a defibrillator available to the little azulgrana.
The small footballer, who will be one of the 11 players who will give the next 20 to the Camp Nou in the hands of the first team before the match of LaLiga against Real Sociedad in the initiative promoted by RakutenThe Believe Project, plays for the band, but his two favorite culs areMessi and Dembl. "Although I like them all too, all of Bara," says extrovert. Anyway,When he talks about the international albiceleste, his face lights up and his smile becomes gigantic. "I would love to meet Messi and someday be like him", comments innocent and happy. At the moment, both share passion and colors.