Celebral palsy patient Success Stories
Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most common congenital conditions that affect children. Unfortunately there are many children here in Michigan struggling with Cerebral Palsy. Frequently, brain damage that happens before or during a child’s birth is the cause of CP. In some instances, the brain damage occurs later, during the toddler years. Cerebral palsy affects many different aspects of a child’s life including muscle tone, motor skills, and all physical movements. In severe cases, cerebral palsy may cause learning disabilities, hearing difficulties, vision problems, and speech delays.
With proper care and treatment, many children are overcoming the limitations of their condition. These patient inspiring success stories are nothing short of incredible.
Katerina is a beautiful young lady who was born with CP. She developed normally, with no obvious symptoms of her condition. That is, until she began to walk. At 16 months old, her parents noticed that Katerina walked with a severe limp. The left side of her body seemed to simply drag behind as the right side of her body charged ahead. At first, her pediatrician was not concerned. However, Katerina’s parents suspected that something was wrong, and they pushed to have a consult with a neurologist and orthopedic surgeon. In 2006, Katerina was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Katerina’s parents were determined to help her learn to walk, run, and jump like a healthy child. They enrolled her in a beneficial therapy program that provided Katerina with speech, occupational, and physical therapy. The results were astounding! Within a short time, Katerina was able to run, play, and walk without any noticeable limp or sign of her condition.
Sean was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the young age of 10 months old. After 10 months, Sean was not meeting any of the normal infant developmental milestones. After some testing, it was found that Sean had spastic quadriplegia, a severe form of cerebral palsy. All four of Sean’s limbs were affected by his condition, and he was unable to sit up or roll. His condition was more apparent on the left side of the body. Despite their fears, Sean’s parents left their home in Ireland in order to find more effective treatment options for their sweet boy. The results were incredible. Within six months of starting his therapy, Sean’s condition improved in leaps and bounds. He began rolling over after just a short time, and then he began to crawl! By the age of 16 months, Sean was able to pull himself to his feet and walk a few steps independently.
To learn more about cerebral palsy and find support in Michigan visit the United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan website and browse the variety of resources available for parents, volunteers and loved ones. At Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics we often explore the use of orthotics and orthosis to help manage the symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. We are honored each time we are chosen as a partner in our patient’s health care and have the opportunity to share in their success. If you have questions feel free to contact one of our 22 Michigan locations including Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Petoskey and Cadillac.