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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a nonprogressive abnormality of the brain arising during or shortly after birth.  It is called cerebral palsy because the area of the brain that is damaged is the cerebrum.

The condition is characterized by muscle spasm, weakness and, lack of coordination. The person affected often has trouble standing or walking and may also be partly paralysed. They may also suffer from other problems, such as learning difficulties, or mental retardation.

David Cameron's first child, Ivan Reginald Ian, was born with a rare combination of cerebral palsy and a form of severe epilepsy called Ohtahara syndrome, requiring round-the-clock care. Ivan died at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, on February 25, 2009, aged six.

On December 6, 2007, South Korea's Chang-Hyun Choi, who is affected by cerebral palsy and is paralyzed from the neck down, completed his record-breaking journey of 17,398 miles (28,000 km) by mouth controlled motorised wheelchair across 35 countries in Europe and the Middle East.

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