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Patient with cerebral palsy has a heart to inspire others

Patient with cerebral palsy has a heart to inspire others

When he was 19 months old, Brannen had trouble walking. That “trouble” soon turned into a diagnosis: diplegic cerebral palsy. Also known as spastic diplegia, the leg muscles of patients with diplegic cerebral palsy are extremely tight. Over time, range of motion is limited as joints stiffen.

A patient for 11 years, Brannen has undergone numerous surgeries at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, including hamstring lengthening, pins placed in his growth plates, and the reconstruction of the arches of his feet. Still, Brannen keeps a positive outlook on his diagnosis.

“The Greenville Shriners Hospital cares about kids, and the treatment I have received has been amazing,” Brannen said. "I would recommend [the hospital] to anyone who needs orthopaedic surgery.”

Brannen says his treatment has allowed him to lead a more active lifestyle, including riding bicycles and exercising. He says he loves how “kid friendly” the hospital is, and that he feels that everyone at the Greenville Shriners Hospital is accepting and welcoming.

To Brannon and his family, the Greenville Shriners Hospital has been instrumental in allowing him to move toward his goal of walking and running with less effort. Meanwhile, Brannen encourages others to push forward despite their disabilities, and to have an optimistic attitude – just as he has.