Seattle Man Recovers After Being Misdiagnosed With Cerebral Palsy for Decades


Seattle Man Recovers After Being Misdiagnosed With Cerebral Palsy for Decades

As a child, Ed Impala could never keep up with his twin brother, Frank.

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“My balance was bad, my body was always pulling me back,” Impala told KOMO, the ABC Seattle, Wash., affiliate. “The fatigue was severe.”

His parents took him to a doctor, who told the family that he would outgrow the problem.

But Impala, who’ll turn 54 Monday, never outgrew it and a neurologist diagnosed him at age 20 with a slight case of cerebral palsy. Doctors blamed it on oxygen deprivation during his birth. Impala was born eight minutes after his brother.

Impala’s symptoms worsened in the next 30 years. His wife, Tami, and his three children watched as he eventually lost his ability to function.

“By the end of the day, he’d just be hunched over,” daughter Nicole said.

She quit her job so that she could drive her dad to his numerous doctor appointments. He eventually became confined to life in a chair.

“We had to help him do everyday activity, he couldn’t even use a knife and a fork,” son Dominic said.

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