Cerebral palsy is categorized as a physical disability caused by damage to an individual’s brain and central nervous system. Individuals impacted by cerebral palsy often have difficulty with movement and most are confined to wheelchairs. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy and the symptoms of the disorder are largely uncontrollable. New medical research, however, has given hope to some individuals who are participating in a procedure aimed to improve the functioning and motor skills of those with cerebral palsy.
An 11-year-old boy sits immobilized in a wheelchair. Unable to talk, walk or feed himself; the boy’s parents have devoted their lives to caring for their beloved son. The boy suffers from cerebral palsy and while doctors believe he is cognitively normal, he is unable to verbally express himself or participate in many physical activities.
The boy’s parents are hopeful that a new medical procedure may help improve their son’s mobility and functioning. Upon the boy’s birth, the couple chose to bank his cord blood. Today, stem cells from the cord blood will be used in a ground-breaking procedure aimed to regenerate damaged portions of the boy’s brain.
The procedure in which stem cells are injected into a patient’s body with hopes that they find and regenerate damaged areas, has only been performed on a handful of patients. The results of those trials, however, are promising as some patients have regained the ability to speak and improved mobility and functioning.
Individuals who suffer from physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy require ongoing medical care and treatment. In most cases, such individuals are unable to care for themselves and require life-long assistance. Social security disability benefits can help defray monthly living and medical expenses.
Our law firm helps individuals who suffer from physical or developmental disabilities obtain disability benefits. Our attorneys regularly assist Pennsylvania residents in obtaining social security disability benefits.
Source: WKBD-TV: “Metro Detroit Boy Undergoes Groundbreaking FDA Stem Cell Trial For Cerebral Palsy,” Kathryn Larson, March 5, 2013