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Our little man was born on 14th April 2008 at Dewsbury District Hospital, West Yorkshire. Like his sister Grace he wasn't prepared to come out of the womb without a fight! But after a very very long difficult labour Harry Stephen Dennis Smith was born. He was the cutest little boy and we knew straight away he was going to make our family complete. Mummy and Harry were discharged from the hospital the following day and myself and Grace were delighted with our new addition.  Harry took to his new home like a duck takes to water and it wasn't long until he was sleeping 12 hours straight through.

We started to notice a problem with Harry by the time he was about 5/6 months old. He wouldn't use his right arm and there was very little movement from his right leg. We took him to the Doctors and it was just dismissed as laziness and he was going to be a left hander. Although skeptical we agreed to accept this prognosis as Daddy is a left hander and we had been told boys are renound for being lazy.

We noticed at about 9 months that Harry wasn't doing things that a baby of his age should be. Things like rolling over, sitting on his own and any signs of crawling were an impossible task for him and all this because of his right arm. Again we booked an appointment, but this time with a specialist. What we were about to find out would crumble our world. Holding on to every hope that it was just laziness, I took the decision to allow Michelle to go to the specialists on her own while I worked. 2 hours after the appointment time I received a phone call from a very distraught Michelle asking me if I was sat down. Michelle announced to me that our Harry had Cerebral Palsy! My god I thought! Cerebral Palsy? I had heard of it but was still unsure of the ins and outs. One thing I was sure of is that it is Brain Damage. I felt dizzy, I felt sick, I didn't know what to do, where to turn or who to talk to. One thing I knew for sure was that we were all alone in this. I have never been so wrong in my life, but I will come to that. I promptly went to the specialists the following day with Michelle so I could get more of an understanding on what was wrong with my son. The specialist told me that our son had a form of Cerebral Palsy called Spastic Hemiplegia and she thought it would be only a mild case. This however didn't stop us feeling alone, blind to the situation and feeling truly useless.

 

Today - Harry is as special, cheeky and intelligent as we always thought he would be. He doesn't know about his condition so he is seeing the world like any other child would. He laughs he smiles and he gives us the best cuddles. We now look forward to the future with a sense of hope and also a calm feeling in our stomachs, something we never thought we would have had. We feel this way thanks to the fantastic and massive support we have had from a group found on Facebook, Harry's family and sheer dedication to research. It truly is amazing how many people out there have a child or themselves have this condition, and if Harry grows to be half the man of these truly magnificent people, we will know we have done a good job as parents.

 

 

 

 
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