Each year an estimated 10,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy and about 764,000 children and adults have one or more symptoms related to the disorder, according to United Cerebral Palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a complex neurological disorder that occurs when a baby suffers brain damage in the birthing process. This may be related to a lack of oxygen which leads to permanent difficulties with muscle development, movement, and coordination. The disorder is not curable and depending upon its severity, it may require lifelong medical care estimated at $1,000,000.
In some instances, medical malpractice may have contributed or caused cerebral palsy. Medical errors such as the improper use of forceps, failure to monitor fetal heart rate, or an untreated infection in the mother or child have been shown to cause the disorder.
Cerebral palsy causes untold suffering for the child and the parents. For more information about this disorder, please visit, www.ucp.org
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