Let’s start with some statistics.
- Nearly 1 in 3000 children are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
- In India, Cerebral Palsy is responsible for 15-20% of disability.
- Almost a third of the victims of cerebral palsy have no or limited walking abilities.
On the occasion of World Cerebral Palsy Day, this 6th of October, 2018, let’s get our facts straight about cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is not genetic.
More often than not, CP is a congenital disease – a disorder that you acquire while you are developing inside your mother’s womb as an embryo. This may be a result of getting infected or injured in your gestation period or due to a mutation of genes. But you may also develop it early in infancy for the same reasons – infection and injury.
Cerebral Palsy is not contagious.
CP is a neurological disorder. Such disorders cannot be transmitted by air, water, food, touch or even bodily liquid (like sweat, blood, urine). Even if the CP is a result of an infection (which you may or may not be vulnerable to during the period of infection) you are not susceptible to any sort of nerve damage leading to CP. You need not fear being around a victim of CP.
Cerebral Palsy may limit one’s cognitive ability but it does not make them ‘insane’.
CP impairs the motor skills of its victims to various extents. While some patients can manage their symptoms with treatments and lifestyle practices, others find it very difficult to lead a comfortable life even after using specialised medical aids for walking, talking, seeing or hearing. In fact, CP also impairs the cognitive ability of people including speech disorders, hyperactivity, attention deficiency, emotional instability. But, in no way, does CP make a person ‘insane’ or make his/her personality ‘dangerous’. CP does not cause hallucinations, unlike schizophrenia or other such mental illness. ‘Sanity’ does not need management or aiding for a victim of CP.
Cerebral Palsy is not curable.
It calls for a lifetime management of the symptoms. This neurological condition is chronic – the disability gets worse over time. Treatments can help in slowing down the progress of the condition. But even with the best treatment, patients of CP age quicker owing to the more hardship they have to face in daily life. It sadly has high rate of fatality – victims often do not get to live a full lifespan.
On this day of World Cerebral Palsy Day and each day before and after of it, we stand in solidarity of the victims of cerebral palsy.
About the Hospital:
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