Marley Krajewski was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic condition. The symptoms include restricted growth, reduced muscle tone and an insatiable appetite that can lead to rapid weight gain.
Marley's mum Claire has been taking him swimming with Puddle Ducks in Wigan to help with his condition.
After one year of swimming Marley is thriving in the mainstream programme, with his muscle tone and mobility increasing steadily. He can now hold his own head, sit up unaided and roll over. Most recently, Marley is arm crawling, weight bearing on his legs and can now also kick himself to the surface when submerged underwater – huge achievements that surpass all expectations of medical professionals.
Mum Claire explains, “we were very sceptical at first, as we didn’t know how Marley would cope, but as soon as he entered the water he was like a different child – kicking and splashing about having fun. The teacher showed me different ways to hold Marley with extra support, meaning we could do the lesson at the same pace as other children in the class.“Myself and Marley have never been treated any different to anyone else, which is very important to me.
“His specialists cannot believe how exceptionally well he is doing, and how far he has come. His muscle tone has improved so much and we put it down to swimming.
“I strongly believe that Puddle Ducks swimming lessons have helped in all aspects of Marley’s condition, improving muscle tone and his confidence in particular.”
“Marley is fine with going underwater and knows the signals for submerging. He kicks his way to the top and is all smiles on the surface.”
Claire plans to keep taking Marley swimming as he gets older to help combat the weight gain problem associated with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
She adds: “Swimming is the best exercise and should help to keep Marley’s weight stable and continue to help with his muscle tone and development, but the big dream is to see Marley swim in the Paralympic Games one day.”