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Oregon High School Funds Infant with Cerebral Palsy

Oregon High School Funds Infant with Cerebral Palsy

A two-and-a-half-year-old boy is being sponsored by Reynolds High School’s Sparrow Club – a national student-led non-profit to improve the lives of children with serious illnesses. The boy was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, causing hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen or blood flow). At one year old, he was diagnosed with quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. Because of the damage to his brain, he cannot walk, crawl, hold his head still, or speak. The Sparrow Club hopes to improve his quality of life by fundraising to contribute towards medical bills. “We want to make our community a better place by volunteering and helping people in the community who need help,” said one of the Club’s members.

Mother-Baby Blood Incompatibility May Increase Risk of Jaundice

Mother-Baby Blood Incompatibility May Increase Risk of Jaundice

Mother-baby blood type mismatch may contribute to jaundice in newborns, according to doctors in India. Jaundice occurs when the baby’s blood contains excess bilirubin, a blood-breakdown byproduct that is yellow in color. Untreated, the condition can cause deafness and brain damage. Many newborns develop jaundice to varying degrees, depending on how efficiently their bodies can get rid of bilirubin. “About 60% full term babies and 70% of preterm babies develop physiological jaundice and 50% of them require treatment in the form of phototherapy,” noted pediatrician Sanjay Lalwani. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is used to break down excess bilirubin into smaller, non-harmful byproducts.

Babies in Canada Suffering Brain Damage after Jaundice Goes Untreated

Babies in Canada Suffering Brain Damage after Jaundice Goes Untreated

Newborn jaundice, characterized by yellowing of the skin from high levels of bilirubin, is typically harmless and easily treated—however if left untreated and bilirubin levels get too high, a condition called kernicterus can result, causing brain damage. In Canada, babies have been increasingly suffering irreversible brain damage from kernicterus despite the fact that the condition can be prevented. Lawsuits have been filed against healthcare providers in Canada citing “major or catastrophic injuries” such as cerebral palsy, many pointing to “either a poor understanding of newborn jaundice or poor adherence to the published guidelines,” according to a recently published Canadian Medical Protective Association review. Caught early, hyperbilirubinemia is treatable with light therapy or blood transfusions in severe cases, but erring on the side of caution when it comes to testing for this condition is paramount.

U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team Player with Cerebral Palsy Goes for the Gold

U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team Player with Cerebral Palsy Goes for the Gold

As athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympics all over the world, members of the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team are doing the same at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. San Diego Midfielder Mason Abbiate was born with cerebral palsy, a condition caused by brain damage that affects movement, posture and muscle coordination, and has overcome several obstacles to earn his spot on the team. The Paralympic Games kick off on September 7, 2016 in Rio, and Abbiate and his teammates couldn’t be happier to represent the U.S.A.

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