When the part of the brain that controls movement sustains damage or develops problems, it results in the condition known as cerebral palsy. Patients who suffer from this condition can have difficulties when it comes to their communication skills, hearing abilities, vision, and learning abilities.
How do these problems in the brain occur?
Although new research revealed that there are many other causes of CP before, during, and after birth, the traditional known cause, which is lack of oxygen, still contributes to the number of babies developing this condition.
Asphyxiation or lack of oxygen will result in lack of nutrients reaching the brain, therefore; causing CP.
CP that occurs before or during birth
Babies who have CP, either before they were born or during their birth have congenital CP. Congenital CP accounts for about 85 to 90 percent of all CP cases.
Congenital CP and your child’s risks of getting it
There are many factors that can increase the risks of a child of developing congenital CP.
One of these is low birth weight, which means having a weight of less than 2,500 grams at birth, and the risks increase when the baby weighs only 1,500 grams. Premature birth and multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) has also upped these risks.
Women who have opted for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) infertility treatments may also put their child at risk of suffering from CP.
Lastly, birth complications, especially when it involves negligence in the part of the birthing team, can interrupt the supply of oxygen to the baby, thus; leading to CP
In the event that your child has suffered from CP due to medical negligence, such as those that caused the placenta to detach, a ruptured uterine, and difficulties with the umbilical cord, know that you can sue.
As a parent, it is your right to have a team of medical professionals ensure that you give birth to a child, so if they do not do their part, you should consult with cerebral palsy lawyers such as Tyrone Law Firm as soon as possible.