These 5 Young Adults With Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy Became The Showstoppers


Believe it or not, people with cerebral palsy have turned out to be the next level of inspiration for the world today. Yes, you heard it right. Cerebral palsy is no longer a disability if you have the willpower to succeed in life. These five young adults diagnosed with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy will make you say wow. If you are one among those distressed parents of having a child with CP, this one’s for you.

Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy is a brain disorder that affects the muscle functioning on one side of the body immediately following birth. Depending on the severity, each child may show different symptoms of Hemiplegic CP. 

The causes of Hemiplegic cerebral palsy can be many. A fetal stroke, an existing maternal infection, or medical negligence can cause hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Physiotherapy, whole-body vibration, use of braces to strengthen and support the limbs; are some of the effective treatments.

How people with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy draws inspiration

  1. An 18-year-old Hong Kong student is an excellent calligraphy artist

Ali Faria Hussain has completed over 150 papers of writing with 60 characters on each paper. When she was nine months old, she was diagnosed with right hemiplegic cerebral palsy, leaving her right side of the body paralyzed. 

Though she has difficulties in performing her daily tasks, she remains positive throughout, inspiring other children with CP. 

  1. 10-year-old young drummer bags the Chicago Bulls Talent Search

Dallas Wayne Hardrick was a premature baby born at 28 weeks and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He had brain damage leaving him with poor muscle tone and weak sensory nerves. But music was his best friend and therapist. 

When he was a toddler, he used to knee-walk to the kitchen to get the spoon and pan to make a beat. Later on, everything became a drum for him. His mom Tina and family supported him to the fullest to go for his passion. 

  1. 15-year-old boxing celebrity Gabrielle Reid chasing to compete in Olympics

Gabrielle Reid, who was diagnosed with right hemiplegic CP, found immense improvement in her condition after she started kickboxing. She had won a boxing competition in last August. “My advice to others would be to stay committed, believe in yourself, and do not give up on it,” says a 15-year-old boxing starlet. Her mother Lisa added that boxing had a positive impact on Gabrielle – both physically and mentally. 

  1. Para Lions enter the semi-finals with a young CP player 

Not every football teams or clubs are keen on taking kids with disability. But Para Lions prove to be a real inspiration for young CP players. Congratulations to Bryan Kilpatrick-Elliott – a 12-year-old player. He was diagnosed with right-sided hemiplegia since birth. 

But he had no room for wheelchairs. He was inspired by Jack Rutter – a former England captain and wanted to do something for CP footballers. Today, he is a living inspiration and example for many ambitious CP footballers. He has played with CP United for 2 seasons. Bryan has also organized a fundraising day for Cerebral Palsy sport at his school. Bryan has also become the first-ever youth ambassador for the IFCPFC. 

  1. Lakeisha Patterson won a gold medal in 2016 Rio Paralympics

Due to the incorrect position of her body in the womb, Lakeisha was deprived of oxygen, and her body turned blue. This trauma at birth led to left hemiplegic cerebral palsy. After many trials and errors, Lakeisha found that swimming was the best sport to manage muscle pain and regain mobility. 

And that was the beginning of a new phase. In 2014, the 20-year-old swimming athlete made her first entry to the National team for Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 

The list is not just confined to 5 of these people. Many survivors defeated cerebral palsy with their sheer spirit to not give up. Believe in yourself and keep inspiring.