Stuck in Neutral - by Terry Trueman
His name is Shawn McDaniel. He's 14. He knows his father loves him but he thinks he's trying to kill him.
The deal is...he has cerebral palsy. It's a disease not a condition. When he was born his brain was damaged - a tiny blood vessel burst inside his head, and this blood vessel was in exactly the wrong spot. This wiped out his muscle control. He can't control his fingers, his hands, his left foot, stomach, tongue, throat eyelids - nothing. Everyone thinks he's a vegetable because he can't communicate - not even by blinking his eyes.
He has seizures every day and he never knows when they're going to happen until seconds before. But he likes them - it's like his soul has left his body and he flies - he's free. His dad thinks his seizures are painful for him - and it is so hard for his dad to see him suffer.
So is Shawn right? Will his dad end his life? Shawn is "Stuck in Neutral".
by Sally Grant of Sno-Isle Library System
Last Updated: January 15, 2008