Maine Wrestler with Cerebral Palsy Inspires Others

Maine high school student Kevin Henderson doesn’t think of himself as a role model, but his courage and determination make him just that.

Kevin was born with cerebral palsy (CP), a movement disorder caused by an injury to the brain while in utero, during birth, or shortly after delivery. People with cerebral palsy have problems with coordination and muscle movement. "If every one of the wrestlers in the state of Maine had Kevin's spirit they'd all be state champions," said his coach, in a story from CNN.

Despite the physical limitations of his CP, Kevin is an active and thriving second-year member of the Fort Kent wrestling team, the Warriors. Kevin doesn’t get special treatment for his condition. He’s at every practice and every meet, either wrestling or cheering his teammates on from the sidelines.

“I can do something that not many other people can do with my disability,” Kevin says. However, he just wants to be a part of the team. "I do not want to have an asterisk next to me. I'm just the same as everyone else," he says.

Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is sometimes caused by improper medical care or negligence. Do you or a loved one have a child who was born with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy? Is the condition attributable to medical error? Then contact a birth injury attorney at Sokolove Law today to learn more about your legal options.

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