BIRTH INJURY

New Fetal Monitoring Guidelines Won't Prevent Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 13th, 2009

In the July 2009 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a trade and medical research publication, the American College of Obstetricaisn and Gynecologists released refined definitions, classifications, and interpretations of fetal heart rate monitoring.

Erb's Palsy Victory?

Submitted by Anonymous on Mar 30th, 2009

A classic birth injury story coupled with medical malpractice:

An Irish boy was born in 1995 with Erb's Palsy, a condition marked by the tearing of nerves in the head and neck, most commonly in and around the shoulder blade. Though the mother remarked on the bruising and red eyes of her son at the time, her worries were dismissed by the hospital staff, noting that it was just a bruise and that the boy wouldn't need surgery.

Botox Injection Could Help Cerebral Palsy Patients

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

New research suggests that injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox) enhanced benefits from occupational therapy for children with cerebral palsy affecting one limb.

In the study, Dr Remo N Russo, from Flinders University in Daw Park, South Australia, and colleagues randomly assigned 43 children with hemiplegic (one-sided) cerebral palsy to receive four sessions of occupational therapy (over 4 weeks) alone or in combination with a shot of Botox in the affected limb.

Brain Damage Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Baylor, Doctor Settle Brain Damage Case for $11 Million, Woman Should Have Had Emergency C-Section, Lawsuit Claimed

(Dallas) A Dallas court on November 29 approved an $11 million settlement between an Oklahoma woman and her son and the hospital and physician she accused of causing her son's severe brain damage during his birth on May 19, 1999.

Baylor Medical Center at Garland paid $10.8 million of the settlement, with Dr. Erik Gunderson paying the remaining $200,000.

Dramatic Improvement For Cerebral Palsy Sufferers After Stem Cell Treatment

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Tiantan Puhua Neurosurgical Hospital, the world's leading center for effective treatment of Parkinson's disease and stroke, today here announced a breakthrough in the worldwide treatment of Cerebral Palsy (CP) by introducing neural stem cells through a safe, non-evasive procedure to 19-year-old Gabor Bocskai from Hungary.

Cops Held a Talent Show to Support Cerebral Palsy in 1953

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The Schenectady firefighters had a grand old time knocking balls out of the park and rounding the bases. It was 1953 and the firefighters had put together a game to raise money for cerebral palsy. Both the fire and police teams were competing at the Schenectady Stadium, while 2,500 people watched the drama and comedy unfold. Laughs were in abundance. People may have thought movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were on the field, but the truth was the "ladies" were actually dolled-up members of the Police Department. Hijinks were in full swing as Frank Mauriello and Nick Mazzacua sang "There's no business Like Show Business" and offered impressions of 1950 musicians Johnny Ray and Vaughn Monroe. They even spoofed "Bride and Groom" a television show that featured on-air weddings and gifts for the newlyweds. Even the mayor, Archibald C Wemple got into the act. But the biggest hit of all came when Arthur Hilliard presented a $5,000 to Harold Armstrong, the chairman of the cerebral palsy drive.

Your Child's Umbillical Cord May Treat CP

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Recent news is bringing light to a new potential treatment option for families whose children have cerebral palsy - if they knew to do something in advance. The idea: using a child's own umbillical cord blood stem cells to stimulate growth and regeneration of damaged tissue.

First Contestant With Disability in Miss USA Pageant

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

As women from throughout the United States compete in the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas this weekend, one participant in particular is sure to be an inspiration whether she wins or not. Affected with the neurological disorder cerebral palsy, 20-year-old Abbey Curran made a successful run for Miss Iowa and is ready to take on the rest of the contestants for the title of Miss USA.

Curran was quoted in a local news story as saying, "Cerebral palsy doesn't have me, I have cerebral palsy, and so I'm not going to not compete for Miss USA just because it looks different."

U.S. Air Force Pays $5 million in Cerebral Palsy Settlement

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

The U.S. Air Force has paid a family $5 million for injuries sustained during childbirth at a military hospital. This is a record amount for government settlement payments to children who have suffered brain damage as a result of negligence of government employees.

New Computer Technology Helps Kids with CP Walk

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009

Often doctors know that an operation will help a child who has Cerebral palsy regain the ability to walk. They don't always know where to operate. A new technology available in limited areas is resolving that problem. Motion analysis is a way of pinpointing exactly where to operate. Reflective markers are put on the individual's body and digital cameras follow the markers and send that information to a computer, giving doctors a 360 degree view of the body.

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