Hey everybody. How are you all? My name is Melinda, and I am 15 years old. I do not have cerebral palsy, but my brother does. A few months after my brother was born, he was still kept in the hospital to be watched, like a normal baby sometimes is. The nurse that was supposed to be watching my brother wasn't doing her job. My brother was found not breathing approximately 10 minutes after the problem had started. I'm not sure if they used cpr or not, but they managed to get enough air in to him to keep him alive. Unfortunately, the air did not get to his brain. So now he has severe cerebral palsy. He goes to a school that is for for the mentally and physically challenged. He cannot walk, sit up, or communicate in any way. He even has to wear diapers 24/7 because he would not be able to get to a toilet. He's not paralyzed, but he hardly moves. He likes playing with people's hair, and he plays this game where he would throw these bells that we gave him onto the floor, and we would pick them up and give them to him. He'd do it right again, just like a toddler. He's 18 now, and he needs care all of the time. It's very hard on the whole family. It's hard to get a baby sitter in order to go out of the house and do something. It's hard on my mom because she has to give him baths, and it's getting harder by the day to pick him up. Anyways, that's my story. Or, should I say my brother's.
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