October 30, 2009

Inclusive Education and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video stresses that inclusive education provides benefits for everyone involved.



October 28, 2009

Documentary - Including Samuel

by Robert D'Iorio

The video below is a clip of the documentary Including Samuel by Photojournalist Dan Habib. Including Samuel focuses on a child with cerebral palsy and his daily life and education.

This is a great film and a must see for anyone interested in cerebral palsy.

More information can be found on their website.


October 26, 2009

Placental Abruption and Medical Malpractice

by Robert D'Iorio

A placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall. A placental abruption poses a great risk for the mother and the child and can lead to cerebral palsy.

A placental abruption can be caused by several factors including hypertension and preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition during pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

If your doctor fails to monitor your blood pressure or preeclampsia properly this could lead to a placental abruption and damage to both the mother and the child. It is likely the negligence in failing to monitor high blood pressure or preeclampsia or even failing to diagnosis preeclampsia could be the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Additionally, failing to perform a c-section in time after a placental abruption occurs could be the foundation of a medical malpractice lawsuit. This is because the doctor should have recognized the abruption and the severity of the abruption and acknowledged the danger to the child by delivering the child immediately.

The Video below discusses the dangers of a placental abruption as well as how a placental abruption occurs.


October 23, 2009

Cord Blood Stem Cells for Stroke and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video is a news clip discussing cord blood stem cell transplants for children with cerebral palsy and children that suffered a stroke.


October 20, 2009

United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN)

by Robert D'Iorio

United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN), a nonprofit organization on focused on providing support, leadership and information to those affected by a brachial plexus injury and their families recently launched a new website.

Their new website is a great resource for all interested in brachial plexus injuries or erbs palsy.

The website looks fantastic and keep up the great work!

October 18, 2009

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona

by Robert D'Iorio

The following is a short video discussing United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona. The video features UCP employees discussing their experiences at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona and how parents of children with cerebral palsy feel about UCP.

October 16, 2009

Brachial Plexus Awareness Week

by Robert D'Iorio

Brachial Plexus Awareness Week starts on Oct. 18 and runs through the 24th. The goal of the weeklong event is to raise awareness for brachial plexus injuries.

Brachial plexus injuries sometimes referred to as erb’s palsy are caused by damage to a set of nerves called the brachial plexus. Damage to these nerves often result in total or partial paralysis of the hand and/or arm.

Often these injuries occur at birth. When these injuries occur at birth it is often the result of medical malpractice.

Please see my previous post or our website to learn how these injuries occur and how the doctor could have avoided the injury.

October 14, 2009

Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit Results in $5.75 Million

by Robert D'Iorio

Last Friday a California judge approved a medical malpractice lawsuit settlement for a child that sustained a birth injury that resulted in cerebral palsy.

The lawsuit alleged that the doctor and medical staff at the University of California Davis failed to recognize signs of fetal distress. As a result of the negligence the child suffered brain damage.

October 12, 2009

New York Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Involving Cerebral Palsy Results in $43 Million

by Robert D'Iorio

The lawsuit alleged that Tiffany Busone, now 24 suffered a lack of oxygen at birth that resulted in her developing cerebral palsy. Since her birth injury Busone, a recent Arizona State University graduate, has been confided to a wheelchair.

Tiffany’s medical malpractice lawsuit compensation breaks down as follows $20 million for her home aides and care, $15 million for future pain and suffering $6 million for past pain and suffering and the remainder of the $43 million will go to lost income.

The statute of limitations or time limit on bring claims was not an issue in this case because the plaintiffs mother filed suit before the statute of limitations expired.

If you have questions regarding the statute of limitations in your child’s case please call and ask for me directly as soon as possible to avoid having the claim barred by the statute of limitations.

October 10, 2009

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Hudson County New Jersey.

by Robert D'Iorio

The following is an informational video provided by United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Hudson County New Jersey.

The video demonstrates how UCP can benefit children and adults with cerebral palsy and other special needs.


October 8, 2009

New Cerebral Palsy Surgery

by Robert D'Iorio

Doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri recently performed a new surgery on a 3 year old with spastic cerebral palsy. Prior to the surgery the young girl had great difficulty getting around. Doctors hope that after the surgery the child will be able to walk freely.

The surgery includes making an incision on the child’s lower back and severing the nerve responsible for the spasticity in the lower extremities. Shortly after the surgery the child will have to learn to walk all over but, in time, is expected to make a significant recovery.

Here is a link to the article and a link to a video that shows the child before and after the surgery and how the surgery is performed.

October 6, 2009

New Research Study on Newborn Babies and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

A recent study conducted by the Division of Clinical Sciences & Medical Research at the Imperial College of London and Dr. Denis Azzopardi found that “cooling” a child that suffered a lack of oxygen at birth significantly decreases the incidence of cerebral palsy.

The study titled Total Body Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy Trial (TOBY), found that babies with perinatal asphyxial encephalopathy (lack of oxygen leading to brain damage and cerebral palsy) are 56 percent less likely to develop cerebral palsy or any neurological damage if their body temperature was dropped to 33.5 C shortly after birth. This is done in an incubator by placing a liquid cooling blanket over the child for 72 hours.

This is a very important study because lack of oxygen is a major cause of cerebral palsy. This study indicates that over half of the children that have cerebral palsy as a result of a lack of oxygen would have avoided any long term neurological damage as a result of the lack of oxygen. Further testing needs to be done, but the results of this test look very promising.

October 4, 2009

Hippotherapy and Cerebral Palsy – Special Strides Part 2

by Robert D'Iorio

This is part 2 of the Table for 12 series featuring hippotherapy for children with cerebral palsy.


October 3, 2009

Hippotherapy and Cerebral Palsy – Special Strides Part 2

by Robert D'Iorio

This is part 2 of the Table for 12 series featuring hippotherapy for children with cerebral palsy.


October 3, 2009

Hippotherapy and Cerebral Palsy – Special Strides Part 1

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video is the first of a two part series from the television program Table for 12. It features a family taking their child with cerebral palsy to hippotherapy or horse therapy for the first time.

Hippotherapy is therapy using a horse to strengthen the core muscles and improve balance.

For more information on hippotherapy please see my previous posts by using the search box in my blog.



October 1, 2009

Placenta Previa Placental Abruption and Lack of Oxygen

by Robert D'Iorio

Placenta previa is a dangerous condition for both the mother and the child. Placenta previa that occurs during pregnancy.

Placenta previa occurs when the placenta forms low on the uterine wall completely of partially covering the cervix.

When the cervix prepares for delivery the placenta may separate and cause severe bleeding and a placental abruption. A placental abruption is defined by the placenta separating from the uterine wall.

When a placental abruption occurs there may be severe bleeding and a lack of oxygen to the child. This lack of oxygen to the child may cause brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Placenta previa should be easily diagnosed and precautions should be taken by your doctor to avoid any harm to you and/or your child. Failure to do so may constitute malpractice.

If you believe your child may have been injured as a result of a placental abruption or placental previa don’t hesitate to call me to discuss your options.

Below is a video from Rescue 911 featuring a woman that suffered a placental abruption and placental previa.