When Daniel was just a few weeks old, his parents noticed that his left hand was not working as well as his right hand. After seeing their GP, Daniel was referred to a consultant at the UHW, who informed them after various examinations that Daniel had cerebral palsy, specifically left side hemiplegia.
“There have obviously been some hurdles to overcome since Dan was first diagnosed,” said Daniel’s father, Phil, “but we are so proud that he has taken on every challenge that has been put in front of him with so much vigour and self-determination, and at the same time managing to keep that lovely cheeky smile on his face in the process.”
Daniel (Aged 10)has recently attended Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre in Whitchurch, Cardiff for a an intensive five session block of therapy and is determined not to let his cerebral palsy stop him from achieving his dreams – and he has already achieved so much in such a short amount of time!
“Following Dan’s recent therapy sessions at the centre, we have noticed improvement in both his left hand and leg and we continue with the therapy activities at home” said mum, Louise. “Dan really looks forward going to the centre as he enjoys the fun as well as the somewhat challenging sessions that he’s put through, and he thinks that the staff are so lovely and friendly.”
A keen sportsman, Daniel has recently represented his school at a Rugby Tournament at the Cardiff Arms Park and also attends regular after-school football and rugby sessions. He also plays cricket at the indoor centre at Sophia Gardens, which is organised through Disability Cricket Wales.
“My inspiration is Will Bailey who recently performed on the TV show, Strictly Come Dancing.” said Daniel. “After everything that Will has been through in life, he just inspires me because of his self-determination as well as everything he’s achieved in the sport of Table Tennis. I hope to one day follow in his footsteps and win gold medal at the Paralympics.”
Daniel has also had the opportunity to take part in the TV Show ‘Child Genius vs Celebrities Christmas Special’ which will be aired on Christmas Eve at 8pm on Channel 4.
As a charity, we are so proud of what Daniel has achieved, and continues to achieve.
“Never give up on your goals and dreams. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible. It is also important to do your best in life and to have the right attitude. If you do this in everything you do, then the only way is up. “ Daniel Mead, Aged 10.