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Special Olympian's Participation Highlights Cerebral Palsy Challenges

As many of our readers know, a cerebral palsy diagnosis has enormous implications for Ohio families. One man inspired a crowd of observers at a Midwestern Special Olympics competition last weekend - and provided an example of the many challenges that result from cerebral palsy.

This contestant participated in the Special Olympics 50-meter backstroke event. Because the 53-year-old man has very limited use of his legs due to cerebral palsy, he relied almost entirely on his arms to swim in the event. And although he finished several minutes after the rest of the swimmers, the watching crowd cheered when he reached the finish line. 

Like this contestant, cerebral palsy patients struggle with a wide variety of physical impairments. Therapy and careful care can help patients improve their mobility and independence - but this treatment can be extremely expensive. Most Ohio families find themselves struggling with this challenge on top of the physical consequences of the disorder: enormous medical costs.

When a medical professional's error played a role in a cerebral palsy diagnosis, families are likely entitled to compensation to help carry the load of care responsibilities. An experienced medical malpractice law firm can help.

Source: Columbia Missourian, "Swimmer with cerebral palsy competes at Special Olympics," Alex Riggins, June 1, 2013 

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