Entries in Cerebral Palsy (3)


High School Wrestler Does Not Let Cerebral Palsy Get in the Way of His Dreams

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(KEARNEY, Neb.) -- Andrew Dubowsky may be still looking for his first high school wrestling match victory, but that’s not to say the freshman hasn’t had success. Andrew was born with cerebral palsy, severely limiting the use of his legs. Despite suffering from a debilitating disease, Andrew’s strong desire to compete on an athletic team enabled him to overcome the odds and participate on the wrestling team at Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska.

“He’s an avid sports person. He always wanted to play football. Of course, that wasn’t possible. This sport [wrestling] offers a lot of things and I think that Andrew was just trying to do something with himself,” Andrew’s mother Melissa Dubowsky explains to ABC Kearney affiliate KHGI.

Andrew’s determination and strength has gained many admirers, and he has earned high praise from teammates, competitors, and opposing coaches alike.

"The Seward coach came up to me after my first competition and told me that I inspire his kids because of the way I wrestle,” Andrew told KHGI. He also explained his bigger dreams: “I want to try to be a state champion.”

Andrew has shown that with dedication, drive and willpower, anything is possible.

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Study Shows Increase in Childhood Developmental Problems

Comstock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- It seems that doctors are finding autism to be more and more common.  Now a new government study further explores the trend, which includes other developmental problems.

Autism and other childhood development difficulties have increased 17 percent in the last 10 years, according to the findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on data from children age 3 to 17, the authors found a rise in those with autism, attentional deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, mental retardation and seizures.

Autism had the biggest increase, rising four-fold between 2006 and 2008.

But ADHD rose 33 percent, the biggest reason behind the higher incidence of developmental problems. Boys had a higher prevalence than girls.

The experts say the increase may be due to more pre-term births and parents having kids at later ages.

These findings are published in Pediatrics.

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Boy Denied Communion Because of Cerebral Palsy

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(FLORESVILLE, Texas) -- A Catholic church turned away eight-year-old Kevin Castro of Floresville, Texas, from his First Communion because he had cerebral palsy, according to the boy's family.

When the Rev. Phil Henning of Sacred Heart Catholic Church denied Kevin his first reception of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, Henning said the boy had "the mental capacity of a 6-month old" and didn't have "sufficient knowledge of Christ" to participate in the religious rite, even though Catholic doctrine doesn't specify what level of knowledge is adequate.

Kevin's grandmother, Irma Castro, said Kevin had prepared for months for the "religious milestone" only to be offered a ritual for those who are sick.

"That is the anointing they give you before death," his grandmother told ABC's affiliate KSAT. "That was very offensive."

Kevin's family cried "discrimination."

Cerebral palsy can include any number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affects body movement and muscle coordination, but doesn't worsen over time, according to the National Institutes of Health.

It is the most common motor disorder in children and is second only to autism as the most common disability in children, according to United Cerebral Palsy, an organization that provides education and support for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Each year about 10,000 babies born in the United States will develop cerebral palsy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It affects boys more frequently than girls.

Cerebral palsy, though, is not always associated with intellectual disability. "It's not the same as intellectual disability, and it does not cause intellectual disability," said Chris Thomson, general counsel for UCP. "Individuals who have cerebral palsy can also have intellectual disability. But one does not cause the other and they are separate conditions."

It can, however, come with its share of misunderstanding and discrimination, like the kind Kevin Castro experienced in his church.

"Faith is an important part of people's lives, and we hope that his church and family can find a solution that allows Kevin to be an active and full participant of his faith community," said Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of UCP. "UCP is committed to full citizenship for people with disabilities, regardless of the severity and expression."

Deacon Pat Rodgers, from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, told that the decision whether to give the sacrament lies with the local priest, but emphasized, "It's never our desire, hope or wish to withhold a sacrament from someone who wants or needs it."

Henning's church offices were closed Tuesday, and he did not return messages left by

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