cerebral palsy

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They Told Him to Lie in the Water. They Used Him as a Bridge

High school, police investigating incident involving Nova Scotia boy with cerebral palsy

(Newser) - Canadian police are investigating after a boy with cerebral palsy was forced to lie down in a stream so students could walk over him. A Facebook video viewed 300,000 times shows 14-year-old Brett Corbett acting as a human bridge across the waterway outside Nova Scotia's Glace Bay High... More »

Meet the First Nike Athlete With Cerebral Palsy

Sportswear company just signed runner Justin Gallegos

(Newser) - We dare you to watch without tearing up. A new video shows Justin Gallegos getting the surprise of a lifetime as he becomes the first Nike athlete with cerebral palsy, Yahoo Sports reports. Gallegos, a junior at the University of Oregon and a member of the school's running club,... More »

Walmart Cashier Uses Her Break to Right a Wrong

Gives disabled woman a manicure after salon refused

(Newser) - Painting someone's nails surely qualifies as work. But that's how Walmart cashier Ebony Harris spent her break during a shift last week after learning a woman with cerebral palsy had been refused service at a nail salon within the Walmart in Burton, Mich., because her hands shake. "... More »

Girl, 9, Who Can't Walk or Talk Saves Brother From Drowning

She screamed, pointed toward pool

(Newser) - When Lexie Comeau-Drisdelle's mother heard the 9-year-old girl screaming at the top of her voice, she thought her daughter had fallen out of her wheelchair and was alerting her the only way she could. Lexie has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or talk. But the Nova Scotia... More »

ICE Agents Swoop In, Take Child From Hospital Post-Surgery

Now 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy, could be deported

(Newser) - An ICE "sensitive locations" directive says federal agents shouldn't try to enforce the law at such locations except under "exigent circumstances." But the family of Rosamaria Hernandez, a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had gallbladder surgery at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, says ICE... More »

New Risk for Babies Born to Overweight Moms

Study sees link between maternal obesity and cerebral palsy

(Newser) - Babies born to overweight mothers may be at greater risk of developing cerebral palsy, new research shows. Scientists who followed 1.4 million babies born in Sweden between 1997 and 2011 found that more than 3,000 developed the disorder, which the CDC says is the most common childhood motor... More »

Runner Always Finishes Last, Is Winning Anyway

Jamie Watts didn't learn to walk until she was 3

(Newser) - The day after Jamie Watts turned 33 in June 2014, she took a picture at the start line of a race near Washington, DC, not knowing if she'd be able to finish. Born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen that damaged certain motor functions... More »

Cops: Robbers Post Beating Video to Victim's Facebook

The 'cowards' targeted a man with cerebral palsy

(Newser) - Two 20-year-olds in Michigan allegedly beat up a man with cerebral palsy and stole his cellphone, the AP reports. But police say they didn't stop there, using the victim's own cellphone to record the beating then posting the video to his Facebook. "To have the audacity to... More »

Pope Stops Car to Bless Boy in Wheelchair

Michael Keating, 10, has cerebral palsy

(Newser) - Pope Francis made an impromptu stop minutes after arriving at the Philadelphia airport this morning when he had his driver pull over so he could bless a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, NBC Philadelphia reports. The pope leaned over a barricade and kissed Michael Keating, who uses a wheelchair. He... More »

Causes of Cerebral Palsy Not What We Thought

Canadian study looks at the DNA of stricken children

(Newser) - Parents of children with cerebral palsy, take note: Your child's illness may be in the genes. A surprising new study in Nature is linking cerebral palsy to genetic variants and challenging the notion that environmental factors are solely responsible, the Globe & Mail reports. "Nobody really wanted us... More »

Boy With Cerebral Palsy Inspires in Triathlon Finish

Bailey Matthews was determined to finish without his walker

(Newser) - His name is Bailey Matthews. He's an 8-year-old boy in UK who has cerebral palsy, and images of him completing a triathlon have gone viral, reports CBS News and Today.com . Bailey ditched his walker near the finish line and got there on his own, despite falling twice. The... More »

9-Year-Old's Body Sat in Mom's Fridge for Months

Ayahna Comb's 14-pound body was found in fridge drawer

(Newser) - The emaciated body of a 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been found stuffed in her mom's refrigerator. Amber Keyes, 34, discovered her daughter Ayahna Comb wasn't breathing in January and "decided to clear out a drawer in the refrigerator and place her body in there,"... More »

8th-Grader Carries Brother 40 Miles for Cerebral Palsy

Mom: 'I knew he'd do it'

(Newser) - Hunter Gandee pulled it off : He marched for 40 miles carrying his brother on his back, all in an effort to raise awareness of cerebral palsy. The walk took Hunter, 14, and younger bro Braden, 7, from a junior high school in Temperance, Mich., to the University of Michigan’s... More »

Teen to Carry Bro 40 Miles for Cerebral Palsy

Hunter Gandee raising awareness for his little brother's sake

(Newser) - Hunter Gandee has been carrying around his little brother Braden "ever since he got too heavy for my mom," the 14-year-old says. That's meant heaving the now-7-year-old piggyback-style around the house and even on mountains during camping trips, The Stir reports. But this weekend, he'll go... More »

Disabled Boy Tied to Bus Stop Sparks Outrage

Photos shine spotlight on unpopular issue in India

(Newser) - Lakhan Kale's grandmother would tie him to something on the street before each work day and walk away. That's because 9-year-old Lakhan has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and no one else in Mumbai, India, would care for him, ABC News reports. Cringing? You're not alone: News photos... More »

Man Convicted of Sex Assault on Disabled Woman Freed

Court: She could have communicated dissent

(Newser) - Connecticut's Supreme Court has set free a man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman with severe mental and physical disabilities. The reason? The defense successfully argued that the 26-year-old woman could have made clear she didn't consent by biting or kicking him, reports the Connecticut Post . The woman... More »

UK Police Caught Dragging Protester From Wheelchair

Jody McIntyre says he was '100% not a threat to anyone'

(Newser) - British police have promised to launch an investigation after video surfaced of police officers apparently pulling a man with cerebral palsy from his wheelchair and dragging him across the street during Thursday’s student protests . The victim, 20-year-old Jody McIntyre, tells the Daily Telegraph that police actually pulled him from... More »

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