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Cerebral palsy and birth injuries

The last thing expectant parents in Rhode Island want to think about is their baby becoming ill or experiencing some type of injury during the birthing process. While a large percentage of the time, this does not happen there are all too many situations in which it does. When these problems occur due to the negligence of doctors or other medical staff, the emotional trauma that families must face can be great. Cerebral palsy is one condition that can be the result of an injury that occurs during birth.

WebMD explains that patients with Cerebral palsy have problems with movement due to brain damage. Approximately one in five people with Cerebral palsy are believed to have contracted the condition due to a birth-related injury. This can be caused either by trauma directly to the head or by a reduced or cut off oxygen supply to the brain.

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation outlines that symptoms generally affect a patient’s communication, fine motor, and gross motor skills. Twenty percent of people with Cerebral palsy have problems communicating. Many people are bound to wheelchairs on a full-time basis but some can walk normally although their coordination, balance, and speed may be impacted slightly.

Some infants who have been injured during birth may display development delays within their first year of life. They may not crawl, sit up, or reach other milestones in a timely manner. Other children do not show symptoms until they are a few years old. Even though the actual extent of the damage sustained remains the same over time, the symptoms that an individual experiences can worsen.


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