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26th Oct 2018
Former patient Aidan Matear has just graduated with a first class honours degree in creative writing from the University of Bolton.
The 22-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, used technology to help him complete his studies. Aidan can only type with his thumb and uses eye gaze technology, where his eye movement works like a computer mouse.
Aidan was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy age 13 months and has been wheelchair bound all of his life. Before he came to Alder Hey at the age of 15, Aidan’s movement was uncontrollable.
At AH Aidan was fitted with a baclofen pump. This helped to reduce his spasticity and significantly lessened his involuntary movements. This gave him the control to type on a tablet with his thumb and helped him to maintain his head posture. He was then able to use eye gaze technology, which allowed him to use a computer and write independently, helping him tremendously with his Creative Writing course.
Aidan also had other essential interventions at AH, including spinal fusion surgery and a proximal femoral resection.
Mum Phil said “I begged local doctors to send us to Alder Hey for specialist treatment and we are very grateful to all the staff involved in Aidan’s care over the years. I couldn’t be more proud of what he’s achieved. He’s currently working with our local council on disability awareness.”
Aidan said “In the future I want to use my lived experience of disability to be an ambassador and to support other people with disabilities and their families.”
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