It is always tragic when a child is discovered to have cerebral palsy. Although the parents' love for their child doesn't change, the fact of the challenges to come in the family's future is unmistakable.
Michigan readers might surmise that this is the question that will need to be answered by an out-of-state court in a medical malpractice claim filed by a woman on behalf of herself and her child. She alleges that her child was born with injuries and severe cerebral palsy due to mistakes made in her care prior to the child's birth. Specifically, she alleges that if she had been hospitalized the first time she went in with concerns of vaginal bleeding, her child may not have suffered the trauma that led to the child's current issues.
Cerebral palsy, as readers may know, is a condition involving abnormal brain development or damage to the brain which impacts a child’s ability to control his or her muscles. The condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is estimated to occur in one out of roughly 323 children.
In our last post, we began discussing a recent study suggesting that, at least in some cases, cerebral palsy may be rooted in a genetic mutation rather than a mishap during the birth process. As we noted, the findings could potentially have an impact on the issue of causation in birth injury litigation.
According to a recent study published in an online journal by the name of Molecular Psychiatry, a small but significant percentage of cases of cerebral palsy may stem from genetic mutations rather than mishaps during birth. The study specifically found that out of 183 cases of cerebral palsy, one in seven individuals had a gene variant which could have caused the condition.
Most readers are probably not aware that today is World Cerebral Palsy Day, an effort which occurs on the first Wednesday of every October. The effort is promoted by a group of non-profit organizations and is observed in nearly 50 countries. According to the literature promoting the campaign, there are currently around 17 million people who live with cerebral palsy.