Teenager defies medical expectations to play cricket for national side

A seventeen-year-old who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and expected not to walk or talk has defied those medical expectations to get himself picked for a national cricket squad.

Following his premature birth, the parents of Elliot Brown were told that their son would be unable to walk, talk or attend mainstream education. However, treatment at Evelina London Children’s Hospital succeeded in improving both his strength and bladder problems, allowing Elliot to take up cricket.

He made the Sussex Cricket Club disability team, before being picked for the England PD (physical disability) Lion’s squad.

Treatment started at the age of five, with botox injections in his legs improving both his physical strength and mobility. An eight hour operation was also deemed a success and it is the “fantastic” care he received at the Evelina London hospital that his mum, Miranda, credits for him being able to pursue his interest in cricket.

She says: “Elliot has gone from strength to strength under the hospital’s care. We are so thankful to everyone there who has supported him.”

Elliot, who is currently studying for his A-levels, says of his achievements: “I first started playing cricket at school. I didn’t really take it seriously at first but my love for the game grew the more I played.

“Being able to play for my country has been an amazing experience and a real honour. My dream is to make the England Lions squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, which will be extra special as it will be held in England and Wales.”

He added: “I don’t let my disability get in the way of pursuing my dreams and living my life to the full.”

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