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Moving on with cerebral palsy: New operation offers more mobility

Five-year-old Will DeMauvise has never been stopped by his cerebral palsy—in family videos, he swims, throws a baseball and drives a toy car. He and his parents want the same thing for him: a full life with as much independence as possible.

Injections of botulinum toxin and phenol into Will’s legs helped relax his rigid, spastic muscle and increased his range of motion. But because the injections are very painful, he needed to go under general anesthesia each time. And the effect was short-lived.

“We had to do it every three to four months, two to three times a year,” says Will’s mother Marlee. “Every time he did it he had to go under.  It was heartbreaking.”

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