Cerebral Palsy Blog

Cerebral Palsy Blog

Labor-Related Complications Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Oxygen deprivation or asphyxia is one of the primary causes of cerebral palsy. This is a condition in which the brain is deprived of oxygen with possibly long-term consequences, like cerebral palsy.

Asphyxia can occur when there are complications during delivery. One of those common complications involve problem with the umbilical cord. The risk can also be high if there is a prolapsed cord - the baby can choke when the cord tangles around his neck.

Asphyxia can also occur in cases where the mother bleeds heavily during delivery, and in those cases, where the baby's head does not enter the birth canal head- first during labor. In some cases, the baby's head is much too big to enter the birth canal, which causes a prolonged delivery. All of these situations contain a potential risk of oxygen deprivation.

Other labor-related complications can include maternal shock in which the mother suffers heavy bleeding, resulting in fetal distress. Sometimes, the delivery may involve shoulders impeding delivery. These cases can also result in oxygen deprivation.

Often, mistakes during the labor and delivery process are related to negligence on the part of the medical personnel involved. For instance, during a prolonged delivery, the baby needs to be delivered immediately via Cesarean -section. A delayed Cesarean–section must be could expose the baby to the risk of oxygen deprivation. Many labor-related causes of cerebral palsy, in fact, can be prevented.

Labor-related complications during birth are not the biggest cause of cerebral palsy. Other factors play a much bigger role in causing this condition. In fact, birth injury accounts for just 8 percent of cerebral palsy cases. However, these cases are much more preventable than risk factors that involve pregnancy, maternal history, birth defects and other causes of cerebral palsy.

Teenager on a Mission to Raise Awareness about Cerebral Palsy

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A 14-year-old Michigan teenager has embarked on an ambitious plan for cerebral palsy awareness. He plans to walk 40 miles, carrying his seven-year-old brother, who suffers from cerebral palsy, on his back.

According to 14-year-old Hunter Gandee, he has been carrying his brother Braden for as long as he can remember. Braden’s condition makes it difficult for him to walk, and leaves him with limited mobility, so his older brother simply hoists him on his back, and carries him around. According to Hunter, he has been carrying Braden for as long as he can remember, carrying his brother to the grocery store, to beaches and treks.

Now, Hunter wants to raise more awareness about cerebral palsy, especially spotlighting the daily challenges that his brother and other cerebral palsy patients like him face. Braden finds it difficult to walk, and also struggles with speaking. He currently walks using a walker, but it doesn't help him walk on a beach or a school playground.

The two brothers have teamed up to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, and have taken their campaign to Facebook and Twitter. They will also be sharing their experiences on their blog. The walk is expected to kick off on June 7 with their parents driving a little ahead of them. Other volunteers will be accompanying the boys. The point of the campaign is not to raise donations although these are welcome. However, the boys want more people to learn about the challenges facing persons with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a condition that is typically seen in early infancy or early childhood. The severity of cerebral palsy may differ from person to person, but persons who suffer from this condition often suffer from impaired body movement, and poor muscle coordination that leaves them struggling to perform basic activities like walking.