A family recently settled its lawsuit against a Hawaii military hospital for birth injuries that caused a boy to develop cerebral palsy. The lawsuit listed disturbing details about doctors' actions preceding the emergency c-section birth of Noah Whitney, now 3.
Sept. 12, 2008 was supposed to be a joyous day for the Rivera family. Kasie was a patient at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas, expecting the healthy birth of her son, Haiden. Tragically, things went wrong and Haiden suffered serious birth injuries.
Birth asphyxia is a potentially deadly complication that happens when an infant isn't receiving a sufficient amount of oxygen before, during or immediately after birth. Because birth asphyxia may cause severe neurological injuries such as cerebral palsy, it's important for hospital staff to carefully monitor an infant's oxygen levels and act swiftly when a problem arises.
Duke University Medical Center is researching the use of cord blood cells to lessen the symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy in children.