February 25, 2010

Placental Abruption and Lack of Oxygen

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video discusses how a placental abruption can lead to a child suffering a lack of oxygen and developing cerebral palsy.

Placental abruptions are often secondary to hypertension and diabetes. It is imperative that these conditions are controlled properly to avoid harming the unborn child. In fact, in many instances a placental abruption could have been avoided if the doctor diagnosed and treated hypertension and diabetes properly.


February 25, 2010

Placental Abruption and Lack of Oxygen

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video discusses how a placental abruption can lead to a child suffering a lack of oxygen and developing cerebral palsy.

Placental abruptions are often secondary to hypertension and diabetes. It is imperative that these conditions are controlled properly to avoid harming the unborn child. In fact, in many instances a placental abruption could have been avoided if the doctor diagnosed and treated hypertension and diabetes properly.


February 18, 2010

Cool Cap Therapy and Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Cooling the brain shortly after a child suffers a lack of oxygen at birth drastically reduces the risk of permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

This video explains how the process works and demonstrates the procedure on a child that suffered a lack of oxygen at birth due to shoulder dystocia.


February 16, 2010

Cerebral Palsy and the Olympics

by Robert D'Iorio

Alexandre Bilodeau may be remembered forever as the first Canadian to win a Gold Metal on home soil. For many of us, however, he will be remembered for something else.

Many Olympic stories are filled with inspiration but very few are as touching. Alex’s brother Frederic has cerebral palsy and has been Alex’s inspiration throughout his career.

In fact, when told that his chances of winning gold at the Olympics were slim Alex replied “Talk to my brother…the doctors told my parents he would not walk after the age of 10, and would be in a wheelchair the rest of his life…” today Frederic is still walking and skiing.

This story reminds everyone to not let anyone define a child’s limits and to discount what they say could be and constantly strive for what can be.

The following video futures Alex, Frederic and others discussing Cerebral Palsy


February 12, 2010

First FDA Approved Stem Cell Trial for Children with Cerebral Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

Researchers in at the Medical College of Georgia are conducting the first FDA approved stem cell study for children that suffer from cerebral palsy.

The researchers will study 40 children between the ages of 2 and 12 that have cerebral palsy. In order to qualify for the study the children must not be able to sit up by 12 months or unable to walk by 18 months.

February 7, 2010

Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy & Erb's Palsy - Shoulder Dystocia and Medical Malpractice

by Robert D'Iorio

Shoulder Dystocia is a dangerous situation for the child during birth. Shoulder dystocia can lead to cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy.

Shoulder dystocia occurs when the child’s shoulder gets such on the mother’s pubic bone. In most instances the child cannot be delivered without first dislodging the shoulder.

If this is not done properly the child may sustain an injury to a set of nerves called the brachial plexus. Injuries to the brachial plexus are often referred to as Erb’s Palsy. Children with Erb’s Palsy have limited dexterity in one or both arms.

In addition to injuring the child’s nerves, shoulder dystocia can also deprive the child of oxygen. Deprivation of oxygen to a child during birth can lead to the child sustaining brain damage and cerebral palsy.

If shoulder dystocia was encountered during your delivery and your child sustained an injury it is highly likely that medical malpractice played a role in your child’s injury and you should contact a lawyer immediately.

The following video demonstrates one of the maneuvers used to dislodge the child’s shoulder: the corkscrew maneuver.


February 4, 2010

Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Caps in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

by Robert D'Iorio

This morning the Supreme Court of Illinois ruled that limits on damages to victims of medical malpractice are unconstitutional.

Today’s ruling has special importance to our firm because the case, Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 105741 and 105745, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois involved a child that sustained a brain injury at birth.

February 3, 2010

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) – Life without Limits

by Robert D'Iorio

The video below give an inside look at UCP of Greater Birmingham’s Life Without Limits program for individuals with cerebral palsy.

To learn more about UCP of Greater Birmingham please visit their website at www.ucpbham.com

To find a local chapter of the UCP please visit their website at www.ucp.org