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WHAT IS CEREBRAL PALSY?

Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term used to define neurological impairment which most commonly affects motor function and usually occurs just before or during childbirth and in some cases, during early childhood.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy however early intervention is key to children being able to reach their full potential mobility and gain as much independence as possible.

SELECTIVE DORSAL RHIZOTOMY

SDR Surgery

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy is performed by neurosurgeons all over the world, however, the St Louis Childrens Hospital in Missori, USA houses the only 'Center for Spastic Cerebral Palsy' where leading neurosurgeon, Dr T.S. Park, has refined the procedure and performed SDR on thousands of patients from all over the world.

SDR involves isolating and destroying nerves in the spinal cord responsible for spasticity in the lower limbs. Intense physical therapy on a daily basis post surgery is imperative for speedy recovery and long term independence.

Dr Park performed SDR on Harlie in August 2017 and believes she will greatly benefit from the surgery and gain the ability to live a more independent life. To read more on SDR surgery, click the button below. 

Dr Park and Harlie

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