Scottish Girl to Fly to St. Louis for Cerebral Palsy Treatment

A 5-year-old girl who was badly mishandled by erring midwives during her birth is seeking an operation in the U.S.

Unable to stand by herself, and with only a six-word vocabulary, young Jessica Penny of Rutherglen, Scotland flew to St. Louis, Missouri on Friday with her parents to undergo an operation to address the effects of cerebral palsy. Jessica was starved of oxygen and suffered significant drops in her heart rate during her birth. Jessica’s parents, Lynne and Colin Penny, were able to raise £85, 000 for the highly-specialized operation, called a dorsal rhizotomy, which is a spinal surgery that will hopefully be able to reverse some of cerebral palsy’s effects.

Jessica’s mother described the errors of the responsible midwives as “assault.” Her daughter was left needing constant care while she herself had to seek counseling and be put on anti-depressants.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you believe that medical negligence is to blame, contact the cerebral palsy lawyers of the Driscoll Firm, today by calling (800) 305-9800.


Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day

September 4, 2012 is World Cerebral Palsy Day. This is the first year that a specific date has been connected to this debilitating condition, which affects approximately 17 million people worldwide.

World Cerebral Palsy Day is dedicated to helping individuals with this condition get their voices and ideas heard around the globe. A website was established for this day in order for people affected by cerebral palsy to discuss how their lives could be made easier.

Cerebral palsy is a chronic disability that affects an individual’s ability to move. This condition can also affect speech and vision. This disability can develop as a result of a birth injury in an infant.

If your child suffers from cerebral palsy due to a birth injury caused by a negligent doctor, please contact the birth injury lawyers of The Driscoll Firm by calling 800-305-9800 today.


Maryland family receives $55 million in cerebral palsy lawsuit

In March 2010, an expectant mother in Baltimore was rushed to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in order to undergo an emergency caesarean section to deliver her son.

Two hours after arriving at the hospital, the woman had yet to undergo the emergency c-section. She claims that during that time delay, her son was not receiving the correct amount of oxygen to his brain. As a result, the delayed procedure caused the newborn to be born with several birth injuries, including cerebral palsy and a seizure condition.

Two years later, the young boy requires full-time care and attention in order to function. The parents of the young boy sued the hospital claiming that its negligence directly caused their son to suffer from this debilitating condition. A jury sided with the parents and awarded them $55 million for the current and future treatment of cerebral palsy.

Please contact the cerebral palsy birth injury lawyers of The Driscoll Firm, P.C., by calling 800-305-9800 if your child was born with cerebral palsy due to a preventable birth injury.


What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a condition that causes physical and sometimes mental disability to individuals. It affects the brain and the nervous system and is a non-progressive illness.

However, cerebral palsy is a chronic condition, as there is no cure, and different treatment options are available for different stages of the condition. As a child with cerebral palsy continues to grow and develop, the damage to the brain will pose various problems and symptoms associated with the cerebral palsy diagnosis. Overall, there are three different types of this condition: athetoid, ataxic, and spastic.

This disorder can develop during childbirth, directly after birth, and also up until the age of three. A majority of cerebral palsy cases are the result of hospital negligence to some degree.

If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, please contact the cerebral palsy birth injury lawyers of the Driscoll Firm by calling 800-305-9800 today.


Medical malpractice suit filed after boy is born with cerebral palsy

On January 17, 2011, a Chicago woman gave birth to a boy with cerebral palsy. Several different medical mistakes led to the development of this birth injury, and now the woman is suing the hospital for medical malpractice.

During the delivery, the heart monitor was showing a normal heartbeat, but the doctors noticed that the baby was suffering from a lack of oxygen. They continued with the vaginal delivery based on the heartbeat data and used the vacuum extraction method to remove the baby.

After the child was born, it was determined that he did indeed suffer from oxygen deprivation to his brain, which in turn caused him to develop cerebral palsy. Shortly after, it was discovered that the heart monitor was not measuring the baby’s heartbeat but instead the mother’s.

The parents of the young boy with cerebral palsy have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and certain personnel. They are alleging that the doctors acted negligently when they utilized the faulty heart monitor and when they failed to perform an emergency C-section when necessary.


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