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Cerebral Palsy Won't Keep 7-Year-Old From Riding in the Rodeo

Cerebral Palsy Won't Keep 7-Year-Old From Riding in the Rodeo

As a 1-year-old, Arabelle was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has spent most of her young life learning to live with it. As a toddler, her legs settled in a stiff, scissor position. That was about the time she started seeing Dr. Susan Apkon from Seattle Children's Hospital. Apkon had Arabelle undergo a surgery to clip selective sensory nerves in her lower back to reduce the amount of signals telling her legs to flex. Now 7 years old, Arabelle is most independent when she's riding her horse and competing in rodeos. She's in control and it's the best thing she does all week. "It's exciting and I love doing it," she said.

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