Teenager with Cerebral Palsy Walks Publicly for the First Time
Life is not always easy for people in Cleveland with cerebral palsy: there are tremendous costs associated with the condition, costs that many parents are not able to afford without help. When a child is born with cerebral palsy, it is important to look into whether the doctor, nurses and hospital staff that helped deliver the child had anything to do with the birth injury. Head trauma during birth, oxygen deprivation and other medical errors can all lead to this serious condition. And when it is a medical professional’s fault that a child is born with cerebral palsy, the parents can try to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Though life can be difficult for those children with cerebral palsy, there are moments that can make them forget the lifelong care they will need. A senior in high school recently had one of those moments when his high school elected him the homecoming king. His friend, the head cheerleader, had encouraged students to vote for the teenager and the school overwhelmingly did. For a brief moment, the young man could be an average teenager instead of a teenager with cerebral palsy.
What made his coronation even more spectacular, however, was that this was the first time that the teen walked publicly. He rolled onto the football field in his wheelchair, but with the help of two people, he walked in front of the packed stadium before it was finally announced that he had won the homecoming crown.
After spending a lifetime in a wheelchair and needing frequent medical care, this was an opportunity for this young man to leave his cerebral palsy behind for a few hours.