Family Rallies behind Brother To Help Provide For His Care For His Birth Injuries
For almost a decade, the disease that we know as Cerebral Palsy was called the Little’s Disease because its observation was first penned down by Dr. William Little in the 19th century.
Because medical research and breakthroughs were scarce back then, the causes of CP always remained a mystery. The only recognizable aspect of the century old disease and the one we know today is its signs and symptoms, which are characterized by uncontrolled and uncoordinated muscle tone and movements.
Cerebral Palsy is known to be a disease that is caused by a lack of oxygen supplied to the brain either at the time of birth or even during the course of pregnancy. Even though it is hard to detect this condition in the early stages, high tech machines and tests have made it possible. Nonetheless, the effects of CP can be seen clearly in children at an age when the coordination between muscle and brain is known to develop. However, because the motor function of the cerebrum is damaged, not only is a child devoid of the capability to move, walk crawl; in most cases sight, hearing and eating is also affected badly.
Today, medical research has advanced a lot from where it was in Dr. Little’s time. However, there has been little development in the area of finding remedies for CP. It is still known as the ‘curse for life’ because as much as doctors prescribe medicines and therapies for it, distressed birth conditions inflict this disease on 17 million people worldwide.
After years of research and trials on animals, Nanomedicine- a sub branch of medicine practiced on newborns, is now promising some hope and a future for children who are handicapped by this disease. The Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF) is known for its unrelenting efforts towards finding remedies for CP and for helping children and adults worldwide to improve the quality of their lives.
Hope against hope for families suffering from Cerebral Palsy
One such hopeful family that read about the ongoing research on CPIRF’s website resides in New York. Dallon, Shane and Tatum Kelly are siblings of Finn Kelly who has been a CP victim by birth. Now 8 years old, Finn can neither walk nor speak, making him one of those unfortunate children who undergo severe mental and physical trauma because Cerebral Palsy takes over every chance of living a normal life.
However, after reading the about the extensive research going on at CPIRF, Finn’s siblings have spent months collecting donations and charity to fund further research for their brother’s condition. When inquired, his siblings report that Finn is one of those special kids who have the energy to carry on with life even without the blessings that he craves. He is an avid swimmer, skier and loves to play baseball for special kids.
With $35,000 and counting, the enthusiasm and hope showed by the Kellys is admirable. With tremendous efforts underway, if the stem cell research in Nanomedicine works, hundreds of children like Finn can be helped with blessings that they were deprived of at birth.