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Posted 26 June 2017
by Clair Hemming

Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week – Overcoming Adversity: Greg’s Story

When Greg was born in 1999 damage was caused to his brachial plexus by the doctor who delivered him. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand, to supply movement and sensation. To repair the damage and improve his function he underwent surgery twice before his 2nd birthday, and again at aged 5 years. Despite surgery, the damage caused to his brachial plexus has resulted in a significant reduced range of movement, strength and sensation in his left arm.  Greg has only 20% range in the shoulder and 50% at the elbow. His condition is known as Erb’s Palsy.

Greg who is now almost 18 years of age, and has refused to let his Erb’s Palsy impede him.  He has been playing golf, a two handed sport (!), since he was about 5 years old and his golfing handicap is 3. He is currently studying a BTEC Diploma in Sport at College and his aim is to pursue a golfing career, once he achieves his qualifications.

Having competed for the first time last year in the English Disability Golf open, Greg was selected by the European Disabled Golf Association to join the England Team.  The team of 6 competed against France in May 2017 and won.  His next international event is in Sweden in August when he is due to compete on an individual basis with the aim of increasing his ranking.

We wish him the very best of luck in Sweden, and in his future, which certainly looks bright.

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clair hemming

Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor in the medical negligence department and a member of the Devon & Exeter Medico Legal Society and the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel