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Examining the lifetime cost of cerebral palsy

One of the more common problems to result from complications during delivery is oxygen deprivation. During the time a baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen, extensive and irreversible brain may occur. Often, the babies that suffer such damage may end up developing cerebral palsy, a condition characterized by motor and cognitive deficiencies that remain with them throughout their lives. According to information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 10 percent of cerebral palsy cases in America are due to brain damage suffered at birth. Those Providence County families whose infants are stricken with this condition may face a future in which their physical and emotional resources may be strained as they work to care for these children. Beyond that, they could also be left to deal with inordinate financial expenses.

The cumulative cost of cerebral palsy may depend largely on the impairments one suffers from because of it. In certain cases, children who suffer from cerebral palsy from birth may be able to develop sufficient motor skills to walk, communicate, and even care for themselves to a certain degree. However, such progress is often only possible (and sustainable) through ongoing therapy sessions. For those who suffer from more severe deficiencies that make ambulating, eating or speaking impossible, or contribute to continued seizures and other severe cognitive impairments, the costs associated with meeting their needs can be greater.

The website cites CDC information from 2003 stating that the estimated lifetime costs of care for one suffering from cerebral palsy were around $1 million. Taking into account inflation, that number was believed to have increased to $1.3 million by 2014. These numbers may highlight the need for families dealing with such circumstances to seek extra sources of financial relief. 

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