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Seacoast Rallies Around Ugandan Child with Cerebral Palsy

By Suzanne Laurent

Little Samuel Mutungi has a smile that vied with all the Halloween pumpkins decorating the road leading to Access Sports & Orthopaedics on Hampton Road. The 6-year-old was born in Uganda, Africa, with cerebral palsy, and it took a small village of sorts to bring him and his mother, Joy Mutungi, to the United States on a medical visa last year to be evaluated and begin to receive treatment.

Samuel visited Access Sports last Tuesday morning for a follow-up visit with Dr. Kevin Heaton along with his mother and Richard Summers of East Kingston who was instrumental in bringing the child to this country for both visits.

“Watch,” Samuel said as he took a few turns around the waiting room. “I can walk on stairs, too.”

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital disorders of childhood affecting muscle control and coordination. It is not progressive, but some children can have significant orthopedic problems.

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