Today is Cerebral Palsy awareness day and we would like to share a story that will hopefully inspire those with this diagnosis as well as educate the public of the wide range of support The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital gives to patients across the UK
Tully Kearney – Paralympic Champion has been and is still a patient at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, visiting us since 2010. We met with Tully recently to talk about her ROH journey to raise awareness of the conditions in which she was diagnosed.
Tully was born with cerebral palsy and developed generalised dystonia (a progressive neurological movement disorder) in her mid-teens. These conditions affect her lower limbs, left arm and shoulders. In 2019, she was diagnosed additionally with scoliosis however none of these diagnosis’ stopped Tully from achieving her dreams.
Tully – who lives in Manchester whilst she is studying at university, often travels to ROH to receive treatments including regular Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injections.
She often documents her visits on her own social media for her followers to see. Botox injections have the potential to help those struggling with intense muscle movements because of cerebral palsy which is just one of the treatments Tully receives when she visits us.
Tully is an incredible role model to all those living with cerebral palsy, dystonia and or scoliosis as she recently won multiple medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
“Swimming has always given me something to focus on, be proud of and it helps take my mind off my disability.”
“I am determined to carry on with my life and stay positive. My motto is, ‘Life… be in it’.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to Tully who is an avid supporter of both the hospital and our Charity. We are so grateful for her support.
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