Tigga

Birthday (Approx.): 1996

Tigga is a quiet, loving young man. A visitor to St. Joseph’s Home for Boys found Tigga in Cite Soley when Tigga was having a seizure. Tigga was abandoned and no one would claim him. The visitor brought Tigga to St. Joseph’s Home for Boys. He spent some time living at Trinity House, our home in Jacmel, before moving to Wings of Hope.

Tigga is severely epileptic and has suffered major trauma and lacerations to the head during seizures. He now wears a helmet to protect his head during his seizures. He suffers from brain damage from his seizures and the trauma that he experienced because of them. This delays his ability to process information. Tigga is medicated daily for his epilepsy and is making substantial developments in his cognitive skills, speech and physical coordination. Tigga’s emotions change quickly.

Tigga goes to the Wings of Hope school and he is learning his numbers, letters, music and art. Tigga gets great pleasure from any stimulation and seeks out all opportunities for learning. Tigga has a well-developed sense of justice and will question authority if he does not believe people are being treated fairly. He is learning about responsibility by doing chores at Wings of Hope. He loves the responsibilities he has been given and often makes up his own jobs to keep himself busy and productive. He also likes to help out with the more severely handicapped children.

Tigga’s favorite thing to do is dance and he will light up when music is played. Tigga likes to tell jokes and play with the other children. He likes to play with Zèl, the Wings of Hope dog. He loves stuffed animals and will pretend they are livestock. His favorite animals are cows. Sometimes Tigga likes to play alone. He also craves one-on-one attention from his care-givers and visitors.