Birth injuries may be caused by medical mistakes that are made before, during or shortly after birth. In some cases, birth injuries involve damage to the brain. Therefore, cerebral palsy is a possible outcome. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Cerebral palsy may occur when an infant’s developing brain is injured. There are several types of birth injuries or medical mistakes that can cause a newborn to develop cerebral palsy. Examples may include: Oxygen deprivation: A newborn can suffer a brain injury if they are deprived of oxygen. This can occur if the umbilical cord prolapsed or if there is trauma to the infant in utero. Should displacement during delivery could also lead to oxygen deprivation. Failure to treat an infection: Cerebral palsy is a possible outcome if an…
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A medical malpractice suit was filed against a New Jersey hospital and its medical staff when the delivery of a child went horribly wrong. According to the suit, the doctors and nurses helping to deliver the infant failed to respond to the slow heart rate alarms. Additionally, the staff also improperly delivered the infant with a vacuum, rather than a C-section or an alternative means of delivery. The infant was later diagnosed with perinatal asphyxia, which happens when the child is deprived of oxygen, as well as reduced blood flow to the brain. The infant was placed on life support, but the parents later decided to withdraw assisted breathing. The infant died soon after. When Doctors Are Not Paying Attention, Both Infant and Mother Are at Risk for Injury Perinatal asphyxia, also known as fetal hypoxia, results from oxygen deprivation. Fetuses receive their oxygen from the placenta and umbilical cord….
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