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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.

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