Dr. Leon Root was the former Chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He was President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in 1988. His contributions to patient care, medical education and research were extraordinary.
5 FACTS ABOUT CEREBRAL PALSY
The most common physical disability in children is Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral Palsy is not hereditary. It is caused from trauma to the brain and can occur anytime during pregnancy, labor and birth. In some cases, it can even occur up until early childhood.
Individuals suffering from cerebral palsy have a normal life expectancy as it is not life-threatening.
About 1 in 345 children (3 per 1,000 8-year-old children) in the United States have been identified with Cerebral Palsy.
The CDC has estimated that the lifetime cost to care for an individual with CP is nearly $1 million (2003 dollars).