Man with Cerebral Palsy Turns 80
Last month, Henry Bartlett became an octogenarian, quite possibly making him the oldest living person with cerebral palsy. Bartlett, who lives in Newport, Tenn., has had a remarkably independent and productive life, according to this article on the WBIR-TV 10 regional news Web site.
He worked as a bookkeeper until his retirement, and has participated in several organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America and Kiwanis Club. He had struggles when he sought work. “Because I looked and walked and spoke like I do, I had a hard time getting a job,” he notes.
He still lives in his own house, although he receives three visits a week from his nurse. As for the future, he plans to remain on his own. "I've lived alone all my life,” he says. “I don't want to go to a rest home...I love people, don't get me wrong. I want to be around people just not 24/7.” He encourages parents of children with cerebral palsy to get them out of the house as much as possible.
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