In an effort to raise awareness concerning cerebral palsy, a 14-year-old is making a 40-mile trek carrying his young brother on his back. The journey will take them from the boy's high school to a treatment center at the University of Michigan. The walk is an effort to raise awareness concerning improving accessibility for people with impaired mobility.
According to news covering the event, the teen has watched his brother's daily struggles and has helped his younger brother by carrying him around on the beach and in stores, but has never carried him this far.
An observer notes, "It is a noble endeavor of brotherly love." The boys have become local celebrities as they raise awareness of this disorder.
As Los Angeles birth injury attorneys, we are keenly aware of the lifelong challenges facing individuals affected by cerebral palsy along with the treatment options that can help improve the quality of life of those living with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy affects thousands of children each year. According to statistics, anywhere from 8,000 to 10,0000 babies born each will develop cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a type of birth injury that is caused by a trauma to the brain, often the lack of sufficient oxygen or blood flow at or near the time of birth. Many times, the trauma is linked to medical errors that occur at or near the time of birth.
Symptoms of cerebral palsy vary, but include muscle spasms, poor coordination, cognitive delays, and abnormal hearing and eyesight. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is a chronic condition that lasts a lifetime. Many individuals with cerebral palsy may face challenges with day-to-day tasks.
However, symptoms can be managed and treatment provided that can significantly improve quality of life. Examples include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
We applaud all efforts to raise awareness concerning cerebral palsy and ways to improve the lives of those affected by such condition. If you believe a loved on may have suffered cerebral palsy as the result of medical negligence, please contact our Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys so that we can help your family determine your legal rights, and help you obtain compensation needed to provide the best treatment options for your loved one.