July 30, 2009

United Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

In this video William H. Macy, Spokesman and National Trustee discusses the great work of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP).

For more information on UCP and cerebral palsy in general please visit their website.


July 28, 2009

Cerebral Palsy and School – Education and Advocacy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video was made by “Seeking Appropriate Education for Kids (SEAK).” The mission of SEAK is to facilitate positive change in the educational system to benefit children. As well as, offer children the opportunity for a successful and meaningful education and life outcomes.


July 25, 2009

Patient Safety Day

by Robert D'Iorio

Today, July 25, 2009 is Patient Safety Day. Patient safety day has been observed since 2001 with over 40 States participating.

What is Patient Safety Day? Patient Safety Day is a day to remember all of those harmed by medical errors. A moment of silence and a candlelight vigil will be held to remember those harmed and to reflect on the shared vision of a safer healthcare system.

For more information on Patient Safety Day please visit their website.

July 23, 2009

Vacuum Delivery – Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Vacuum extractions can be very dangerous. If preformed improperly they can result in severe birth injuries including cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy.

If shoulder dystocia is encountered and the doctor attempts an extraction using a vacuum, excessive force may be applied causing nerve damage to the brachial plexus and erb’s palsy.

Additionally, excessive force applied with a vacuum can result in a brain hemorrhage, stroke and cerebral palsy.

The following video demonstrates a vacuum assisted delivery.


July 21, 2009

Preeclampsia and Placental Abruption

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video is a brief overview of preeclampsia. It discusses the symptoms, diagnosing preeclampsia, and the treatment options.

Preeclampsia is a serious condition putting the mother and baby’s health in jeopardy.

Preeclampsia is diagnosed typically after 21 weeks of pregnancy by a presentation of high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

Once the mother has been diagnosed with preeclampsia the doctor must monitor her closely to avoid complications like a placental abruption which can cause the child to be deprived of oxygen and lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy.

This failure of the doctor to monitor the mother closely may be cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit.


July 19, 2009

Top U.S. Hospitals

by Robert D'Iorio

This week U.S. News and World Report released its 2009-10 edition of the best hospitals in the nation.
Here is the link to the top 20.

Also, here is a link to my post last year containing the top pediatric hospitals in the country for conditions such as cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy.

July 17, 2009

Prenatal Care and Premature Delivery

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video discusses the importance of prenatal care to avoid a premature delivery. Premature delivery can put the child at risk for conditions such as cerebral palsy. The video was made by the March of Dimes.



July 15, 2009

Cerebral Palsy and Preeclampsia

by Robert D'Iorio

Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition to both the mother and the child. Preeclampsia is classified as elevated blood pressure and protein in the urine.

Preeclampsia is the leading cause of premature birth and maternal death. Additionally, preeclampsia can lead to conditions such a placental abruption. This can cause the baby to be deprived of oxygen causing brain damage and cerebral palsy.

For more information on the risks, treatments and management of preeclampsia please see my previous post by typing “preeclampsia” in the search box of this blog.

The following video discusses preeclampsia, including the warning signs, treatment and outcomes.


July 13, 2009

New Cerebral Palsy Study

by Robert D'Iorio

This video discusses the results of a new study out of the University of Washington involving hippotherapy and children with cerebral palsy. The video also discusses how children can benefit from hippotherapy.


July 11, 2009

Preeclampsia and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy and poses a great risk to both mother and child. The mother can develop eclampsia and suffer a seizure or stoke. The child may have diminished blood flow and a lack of oxygen.

This lack of oxygen can lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Preeclampsia is classified by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. When a woman is diagnosed with preeclampsia her doctor needs to monitor her closely and take the necessary precautions to ensure she does not develop eclampsia or other conditions such as a placental abruption.

Additionally, the doctor must also monitor the child to ensure he/she is developing properly.

The following video discusses preeclampsia and the risks to the mother and child as well as the treatment options and diagnosing the condition.


July 9, 2009

Ohio Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Obtains $31 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Last week a jury returned a verdict of $31 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a child with cerebral palsy. The lawsuit was against Miami Valley Hospital and is thought to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in Ohio.

According to the complaint the mother was a VBAC meaning she was to deliver vaginally after giving birth to a previous child via a c-section.

The complaint further alleged that the mother’s uterus ruptured during the delivery and the child went without oxygen for 18-20 minutes.

As a result of the oxygen deprivation the child now suffers from cerebral palsy and will need lifelong care.

Note: To avoid any delays and/or appeals the case settled soon after trial.

July 7, 2009

Placental Abruption and Lack of Oxygen

by Robert D'Iorio

The following is a video animation regarding placental abruptions.

For a more in-depth discussion and information on how placental abruptions can lead to cerebral palsy please see my previous post on the topic by typing “placental abruption” into the search feature of my blog.


July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

by Robert D'Iorio

I would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Please enjoy this video.


July 2, 2009

Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy Update

by Robert D'Iorio

Last year I posted a news clip about a two year old with cerebral palsy that underwent cord blood stem cell therapy. This is an update of her progress. She is doing great!!

Here is a link to my post last year featuring Chloe right after receiving stem cell treatment. For a more in-depth discussion regarding stem cells and cerebral palsy please see my previous posts by using the search feature on my blog.