Mother shares child's brain injury journey, progress

Many Houston residents have likely donated to the March of Dimes organization in the past, hoping to make it easier for babies to grow up healthy and happy. Sometimes, a donation may be a spur of the moment act or it may be brought about by the moving testimony of someone affected by birth injuries, brain injuries or other related issues. Recently, one mother in another state shared the story of her child's journey towards recovery from a brain injury; as a result, the woman's workplace has nominated the child to serve as a March of Dimes county ambassador.

The woman's child, a two-year-old lgirl, was born at almost 38 weeks. In the first few days of the child's life, she experienced seizures and had to be taken to several different hospitals for treatment. Her medical treatment revealed that the infant had a hypoxic brain injury. Brain hypoxia, or insufficient oxygen to the brain, can be extremely dangerous and may result in permanent disability if it occurs in relation to a birth injury.

As is sometimes the case with infants suffering from a brain injury, it was not clear what, specifically, had caused the child's condition. The mother related that she was told the injury could have been caused by the seizures or by extremely low blood sugar. The injury also could have come from the birth itself, which, in turn, caused both the seizures and the low blood sugar.

Just like the exact origin of the condition, the prognosis for the child's development was also murky. According to the mother, the medical professionals couldn't tell if the child would be able to walk, talk or even sit up. While the girl is delayed, she has made progress and is sitting up, walking and even running.

A baby who has experienced insufficient oxygen to the brain may face a variety of challenges as he or she grows. The family in this case, while finding joy in their child's progress, also faces obstacles, such as the need to engage in several different types of therapy on a weekly basis. If the child's initial injury was caused by a form of medical malpractice, the family may be entitled to significant compensation that can assist with these needs.

Categories: Brain Injuries