A Shaken Baby's Story

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 5:17 PM

PLANO — Two-year-old Christopher Saber moves his neck in the direction of his toy when he hears it make a noise.

It is a small step in a long road to recovery.

Christopher suffers from Shaken Baby Syndrome, an abusive head trauma where a child is violently shaken or hit in the head.

Christopher is blind, and may never speak or walk.

"I'm in a reality that my son is not going to run to me and say, 'I did good in school today,'" said his father, Danny Saber. "Running, talking, seeing, that is not going to happen... that is not to be his future."

Danny Saber is trying to raise awareness of the dangers that go along with shaking a small child.

Christopher Saber was seriously injured in July 2009, when, police say, caregiver Robert Lee Gonzales shook the infant because he was crying.

Doctors say only 30 percent of Christopher's brain now functions, and his life expectancy is unknown.

"You don't have to be a criminal, you don't have to have a background... it's a rage," Danny Saber said.

Christopher is seen by nurses and therapists every day. They work on moving his body so it doesn't lock up, and on improving his speaking skills.

Christopher takes more than a dozen medications a day, and suffers from 25 seizures a week.

For his father, who gained custody of him this year, caring for Christopher has become a full-time job. "He's my only son;  I don't have another kid," he said.

It is something that takes only a few seconds to happen, but shaking a child can have a lifelong impact on him and his family.

For more information about Shaken Baby Syndrome, visit the Shaken Baby Alliance Web site.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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