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Posted by Margaret Tong on July 09, 2000 at 14:47:53:

In Reply to: Re: Can CP be passed on... posted by Robin on December 26, 1999 at 12:40:24:

: : If the father was born with CP is there a chance that the children could be born with CP and if so what are the chances if anyone can find out please let me know my boyfriend and I are really looking for someone to help us find this answer please e-mail as soon as possible

: You can put your mind at ease. cerebral palsy occurs before, during, or shortly after birth. From what I've seen over the years it hasn't been haretitary. I have Cerebral Palsy myself and the only relatives that I've seen that had it were 2 twim brothers that I went to school with. They were born a couple of minutes apart. Because of the damage happening in that way that the oxygen is denied to the brain it is unlikly that you will have a baby with cerebral palsy. I have friends who are married and the one person has cerebral palsy they had completly normal kids who were not disabled at all. Good Luck and I hope I answered your questions.
: Robin

I've just seen this thread as I've scanned the list, so my response is out of date now, perhaps, but I wanted to add my reassurance that cp is unique to the person who has it. Same way a person who breaks a leg does not pass that on to future generations... the brain injury that causes cp is just that, an injury.
Many years ago, however, I do remember having a boyfriend who broke up with me because his family did not want "cerebral palsy" in their blolod line. They didn't seem to realise that ignorance in their blood line was far more serious!

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