Cerebral palsy may be caused by factors occurring to the fetus during pregnancy, or by trauma or asphyxiation during labor.
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 22, 2014
The birth injury patient advocates at CerebralPalsyHelp.org have added new information to the site about a Michigan teen’s upcoming walk to raise awareness for CP – however, along the way he will be carrying his 7 year-old brother*.
The CP Help Center is a national advocacy center providing the latest on cerebral palsy treatment, clinical trials, resources and litigation news. Parents can learn more about their child’s condition and how it may have been caused, get information on available assistance, and decide if they should seek legal advice.
Cerebral palsy affects muscle movement, coordination and posture. It is the leading cause of functional and developmental disability in children in the United States**, occurring in approximately 3.3 out of every 1,000 births, or around 10,000 infants per year**.
While CP affects muscle function, it is actually a neurological disorder caused by damage to parts of the brain that control muscle function***. This usually occurs before, during or after birth***.
Cerebral palsy may be caused by factors occurring to the fetus during pregnancy, or by trauma or asphyxiation during labor***. Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy at this time. However, several treatment options are available to help those with the disorder reduce the effects***.
Recently, the CP Help Center learned about a walk to raise awareness of the condition. 14 year-old Hunter Gandee hopes to walk 40 miles from his Bedford Junior High wresting room to the University of Michigan wrestling room starting on June 7th. However, he will be making the trek carrying his 7 year-old brother Braden, who weighs 60 pounds and suffers from cerebral palsy, on his back*.
The pair aren’t looking to raise money but are directing those who wish to donate to do so to the University of Michigan’s Cerebral Palsy Research Consortium*. They expect many community members, wrestlers and disabled veterans will join in the walk*.
Anyone whose child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy should learn more about how their condition was caused, or speak with a lawyer about their legal options. The CP Help Center only recommends lawyers who specialize in cerebral palsy lawsuits.
For more information on the research, treatment, causes and litigation news related to cerebral palsy, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.cerebralpalsyhelp.org today.
*ABC News, 5/20/14; abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/05/teen-to-carry-little-brother-40-miles-for-cerebral-palsy/
**National Institute of Health; ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
***March of Dimes; marchofdimes.com/baby/cerebral-palsy.aspx