Yesterday was World Cerebral Palsy Day, a day meant to spread awareness about the disorder and for families to share their stories. We want to share one story from New York about a boy who is dealing with cerebral palsy as he ages. WSYR-TV has the story.
At birth, Jeffrey Mackey had a stroke and a brain bleed. The brain bleed caused cerebral palsy on the right side of his body. He’s partially paralyzed by the condition. Cerebral palsy that affects an entire side is known as hemiplegia, but this is a rare result.
Cold affects his muscles and makes it hard for him to walk, but still he tries to get 30 minutes of exercise every day. Regular exercise can help train the brain and the body to talk better.
As he ages, he’s noticing that some things are more difficult for him than other children, but instead of letting it get him down he’s finding ways to compensate for his disability. His mother is helping to support him in these efforts.
Support is so crucial in coping with cerebral palsy, whether its a minor case like a hand that doesn’t grip well all the way to full loss of motor control. Proper support, and proper compensation, can help parents help children lead their best lives despite the condition.