Medtronic celebrates World CP Day by sharing Matthew’s story. Matthew is one of 60,000 patients who have benefited from an implanted pump from Medtronic to treat severe spasticity.
15-year-old Matthew Taylor is no stranger to challenges. He was born with cerebral palsy and a dream of being an athlete, both of which inspired him to work hard and keep moving, despite his body’s resistance. By the time he was 12, his muscles had become so tight that even walking was difficult. In 2010, Matthew had surgery to implant a drug pump that automatically delivers medicine to relieve his spasms. In less than three months, not only had Matthew’s speech, mobility and overall flexibility improved; he also ran his first 5K!
Matthew’s advice is to never give up. “You can achieve your dreams with work.” He says there is nothing that he cannot do if he sets his mind to it, and he tries to prove that daily.
To learn more visit www.spasticity.com.