Dempsey was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP) at the age of 9 months in January 2016. Cerebral palsy is the name for a condition in which brain damage has disrupted normal muscle functioning and spastic quadriplegia affects the entire body.
- Spastic refers to the muscle stiffness which accompanies the condition.
- Quadri comes from the Latin for four; it means that all four quadrants of the body are affected by spastic quadriplegia.
- Plegia comes from the Greek term for a form of paralysis.
Dempsey is a 3-year-old boy who, in 2016, went for numerous blood tests which were sent to a specialist in Netherlands specialising in white matter disorders.
We are still waiting on results on the genetic disorder that Dempsey was diagnosed with, currently the only thing we do know is that Dempsey is one of 2 children in the world who suffers from this severe white matter disorder.