Green Ribbon Campaign

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Cerebral Palsy . . . What is it?

According to WikipediaCerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary between people. Often problems include: poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, trouble swallowing or speaking, and tremors among others. There may also be problems with sensation, vision, and hearing. Often babies with cerebral palsy do not roll over, sit, crawl, or walk as early as other children their age. Difficulty with the ability to think or reason and seizures each occurs in about one third of cases. While the symptoms may get more noticeable over the first few years of life, the underlying problems do not worsen over time.

Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation stated facts for you to understand more about Cerebral Palsy.

Key Facts About Cerebral Palsy

  • Every hour, another child is born with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
  • It is the most common physical disability in childhood.
  • Cerebral Palsy is a life-long physical disability caused by damage of the developing brain.
  • CP is a condition that is permanent, but not unchanging.
  • In most cases, brain injury leading to cerebral palsy occurs during pregnancy.
  • Cerebral palsy, except in its mildest forms, can be evident in the first 12-18 months.
  • Motor disability can range from minimal to profound, depending on the individual.
  • Children with Cerebral Palsy are likely to also have other impairments in addition to their motor disability.
  • Spastic Hemiplegia, where one half of the body has difficulty with voluntary movement, is the most common presentation of Cerebral Palsy.
  • There is no known cure.

Statistics

  • Globally, over 17 million people have Cerebral Palsy.
  • 1 in 500 babies is diagnosed with Cerebral palsy.
  • 1 in 2 people with Cerebral Palsy live in chronic pain.
  • 1 in 3 cannot walk.
  • 1 in 5 cannot talk.
  • 1 in 10 has a severe vision impairment.
  • 1 in 25 has a severe hearing impairment.
  • Of all children with Cerebral Palsy, 60% are born at term.
  • Currently, the number of people with Cerebral Palsy is expected to increase.
  • There is no known cure.

Plans for the Green Ribbon Campaign

  • Blog Tours
  • Spread Cerebral Palsy Awareness on campuses
  • Spread Cerebral Palsy Awareness on companies
  • Spread Cerebral Palsy Awareness in the Philippines
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