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Proud to support Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week – Overcoming adversity: Fraser’s story
Fraser was born into a sporty family. Unfortunately he sustained a severe group 2 injury when the 5th, 6th and 7th cervical nerves in his brachial plexus were damaged during his birth. His injury limits the function and range of movement in his left hand and arm, especially at the shoulder.
Doing most bimanual things others take for granted is difficult for Fraser because of his injury. Playing most sports is a challenge as his injury affects his balance and he cannot raise his left arm above shoulder height. Once he gets his arm up he cannot keep it there for long.
Nevertheless, he learnt to play tennis as a child, serving the ball in his own unconventional way with a flick of his left hand. With practice and determination, by the time Fraser was in his teens, he was in the top hundred tennis players in the UK for his age. At the age of 21 he was county tennis champion. When playing sport, he finds the compensatory strategies he uses to overcome the limitations leave him with aches and pains which require physiotherapy and massage. Repetitive movements are also a real strain on his body.
As well as sport, at school, Fraser learnt to play the piano to Grade 5 and the drums to Grade 2. Because his left arm is shorter than the right, he had to sit slightly to the left side when playing piano or drums and his music teachers would comment on his unusual posture.
Although Fraser could not realise his dream to become a professional tennis coach, he works as a Risk Consultant and is a proud husband and the father of a 10 week old baby girl.
The first thing you notice about Fraser when you meet him is his broad smile and cheerful outlook. Fraser is an inspiration for us all.
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