case study: Cerebral Palsy


Megan's testimonial

Megan’s 10 year old; she has Cerebral Palsy *, diplegia that affects her legs and her arms;  she can’t stand unsupported. So, it’s quite limiting really as to what she can do and normally she’s on the sidelines. She has a K walker so she can walk a little bit supported but she doesn’t have the independence so she’s always with somebody else.

So, to have a trike is absolutely wonderful for her, really. Hopefully she’ll got a lot of fun out of it.

cerebral palsyThe design of it was really modern, it was a lovely design and it has the parent bar (the Carer Control) on it so it means, as a family, we can go out or we can travel. We’ve got other children and there’s always either myself or my husband standing on the sidelines with Megan watching the others go on, so this looks like a really good option for us. We can all go as a family really.

The only thing it means is that I have to get on a bike and I haven’t ridden a bike for years (laugh…).

Hopefully as a family it will be amazing; we’ll be actually able to go off for days without a wheelchair, without everybody staring and looking at us and, just in general, just having fun really, just as a family should do.

 Megan’s mum

* What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. Neurological conditions are caused by problems in the brain and nervous system. Specifically, cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles. The condition can occur if the brain develops abnormally or is damaged before, during or shortly after birth.
Causes of cerebral palsy include: an infection caught by the mother during pregnancy; a difficult or premature birth; a difficult or premature birth; bleeding in the baby’s brain; changes (mutations) in the genes that affect the brain’s development.
It is estimated that 1 in 400 people in the UK is affected by cerebral palsy.
source: NHS