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Dr. Kennedy Cerebral palsy is an abnormality of motor function (the ability to move and control movements) acquired at an early age, usually less than a year of age and often at birth, and is due to a brain lesion that is non-progressive. Cerebral palsy (CP) is frequently the result of abnormalities that occur in utero, while the fetus is developing inside the mother's womb. Such abnormalities may include accidents of brain development, genetic disorders, stroke due to abnormal blood vessels or blood clots, or infection of the brain. Obstetrical accidents during particularly difficult deliveries can cause brain damage and result in CP. A common cause of cerebral palsy in difficult deliveries is susatined under-oxygenization of the brain due to compression of the umbilical cord or choking of the newborn by an umbilical cord that is wrapped around the newborn's neck.

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