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Girl, 12, Tells of Uphill Struggle
With Cerebral Palsy on WMAL Partially Paralyzed Since Birth, Happy Child Inspires Others A little girl’s increasingly vic torious battle against the handi caps of cerebral palsy was to be told to Washington radio and television audiences today. In town for an appearance on Ruth Crane’s WMAL radio pro gram (11:30 a.m.) and Miss Crane’s WMAL-TV show (3 p.m.) Is 12-year-old Diane McDonald, a bright, happy child who in her own way is doing much to im prove the outlook for cerebral palsy victims. Diane is accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Rhea McDonald, a guiding spirit behind the remark able work being done for cerebral palsy victims around her Bergen County, N. J., home. Diane’s right leg and left arm have been partially paralyzed due to cerebral palsy since birth. The disease, which medical science began to recognize and under stand a comparatively short time ago, is caused by destruction of brain cells. In Diane’s case. It was an injury at birth which caused her brain to lose the ability to “communicate” with certain muscles in her arm and leg. When her child’s condition was diagnosed Mrs. McDonald set out to do the only thing possible to , help her daughter. Through rigorous, tiring and oftentimes disappointing exercises, others of Diane’s brain cells were trained to do the job of the damaged ones. Diane can walk almost normal ly now. She still falls occasional ly, but not nearly as often as during those trying years when her muscles were not as dis ciplined. With the improvement in Diane’s condition, Mrs. McDonald banded together with other moth ers of cerebral palsied children to establish a clinic where they could receive supervised therapy. The Bergen County Cerebral Palsy Clinic, built mainly by volunteer labor after the enthusiastic moth ers rallied county industrialists and labor leaders, now has 160 patients. Even more could be ac commodated if there were enough trained therapists to teach them. Diane, through her example of near victory over the disease, has been an inspiration to the other children. Diane's influence was broadened several weeks ago when her story— and that of her mother—was told In the Ladies’ Home Journal. Since then, mother and daughter have appeared on radio programs and at civic groups, preaching their own optimistic gospel that there is. after all, a lot of hope for the cerebral palsied. Eugene O'Neill Able To Leave Hospital •y the Associated Press BOSTON, Dec. 12.—Playwright Eugene O’Neill, 63, suffering from Parkinson’s disease—a deteriora tion of the nerve centers—has been discharged from the Faulk ner Hospital. Neither the hospital nor the dramatist’s wife would give any Indication of his condition but a week ago he was described as being so ill only his wife was per mitted to visit him. —star stan rnoto. DIANE MCDONALD. 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