Man diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy recovers

May 10, 2010 5:02:34 AM PDT
A discovery literally changed one man's life overnight, causing his lifelong crippling disability to vanish. So was the cure there all along?

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

"My balance was real bad," he said. "My mom and dad took me to doctor after doctor after doctor, and (the doctors) said 'Ah, he'll outgrow it.'"

But Ed didn't, and at age 20, he was diagnosed with a slight case of Cerebral Palsy. It was a problem that would grow worse over the next 30 years.

Ed's wife and three kids watched as he eventually lost his ability to function.

"By the end of the day, he'd just be hunched over," daughter Nicole said.

"We had to help him do everyday activity," son Dominic said. "He couldn't even use a knife and a fork."

But then, Frank found something online. It was a website that listed the symptoms of something called Dopa Responsive Dystonia.

"The six symptoms that it had, I had all six of them my entire life," he said.

The website featured the story of a little boy from the United Kingdom named Harrison Colegrove. Harrison's symptoms mirrored what Ed had been facing. And by taking the right pills, Harrison had been transformed.

So Ed tried the pills. The next morning, he brushed his teeth, shaved and then...

"My son goes, 'What's going on?'" Ed said, starting to cry. "I said I think I'm okay. It was, it was just, it was just I could move. And I had my mobility."

His crippling disability was cured overnight.

"I actually told the doctor...I said, 'Man this would have been really sweet to find out 30 years ago,'" he said.

But Ed is determine to move on. Sometimes putting one foot in front of the other is a miraculous gift.