16-year-old with cerebral palsy banned from flight

David Bysooa, a teenager with mild autism and cerebral palsy, was kicked out of an Air Mauritius flight after a complaint that he was not seated properly. The woman beside Bysooa complained that he was leaning towards her while the aircraft was still on the runway. The crew was unable to find and transfer Bysooa to another seat, and when he got upset, the airline kicked him out of the flight.
Bysooa was supposed to visit his grandparents, and his mother Vidulah said that he had traveled alone before. Mrs. Bysooa accused the airline of discrimination, and she brought the case to the Civil Aviation Authority.
The airline did not give Bysooa a refund for the missed trip and has even banned him from flying the airline. Air Mauritius defends their case and said that David’s presence had made for “a very uncomfortable atmosphere” and that “the decision was not taken lightly”.
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Knowing the complications of Erb’s palsy

Erb’s Palsy is a birth disorder that happens when there is an injury to a network of spinal nerves located between the neck and the arm called the brachial plexus. It can affect all or a portion of the arms, shoulder, and hands, and is characterized by muscle weakness of the upper limbs, sometimes even partial or complete paralysis.

With proper treatment, a majority of Erb’s palsy cases are resolved within three to six months after birth. In fact, 70% to 80% of Erb’s palsy cases resolve in the baby’s first year of life. However, severe Erb’s palsy may cause long-term, sometimes even life-long complications. Complications include:

  • Complete or partial paralysis
  • Muscle atrophy, or the shrinking of muscle tissue due to absent or compromised nerve stimulation. Individuals with severe Erb’s palsy may have an affected arm that is thinner and shorter than the other one
  • Impaired bone growth due to a decreased or absent motion
  • Joint disorders

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