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Ontario to Offer Surgery for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The provincial government of Ontario will offer Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, a specialized procedure performed on the lower spinal cord which may permanently reduce muscle spasticity and help patients with cerebral palsy learn to walk. Candidates for the surgery include children between the ages of four and eight who struggle to walk due to their cerebral palsy.  The SDR program will allow Canadian surgeon Dr. James Drake to perform the surgery for 10 to 15 children per year in Ontario, changing the lives of many Canadian families by preventing total wheelchair dependency.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice and you believe you have a cerebral palsy claim, call us at 877-262-9767 to learn about your rights and compensation you may be eligible to receive.

New Test Claims More Accurate Diagnosis of Preeclampsia

A new blood test has been developed that claims to diagnose preeclampsia with 99% accuracy and predict its occurrence with 38.4% accuracy. The test, developed by Roche Diagnostics Korea, is performed between 20 and 34 weeks of pregnancy in an attempt to minimize the risks of injury to the mother and baby. Choi Su-hee, Roche Diagnostics Korea’s product manager says, “Pregnant women diagnosed with preeclampsia have low levels of PlGF and high levels of sFlt-1. By measuring the two [in a blood test], we can diagnose preeclampsia.” To date, preeclampsia has been diagnosed by high levels of protein in the urine as well as high blood pressure—conditions, however, that may also be present without the occurrence of preeclampsia.

If you experienced preeclampsia during your pregnancy and your child has suffered as a result, please contact our lawyers at 877-262-9767.

Patriots Owner Buys Fan with Cerebral Palsy a New Wheelchair

During a recent playoff game at Gillette Stadium outside of Boston, Massachusetts, the wheelchair belonging to a Patriots fan with cerebral palsy went missing. The owner of the New England team, Robert Kraft, offered to buy the six-year season ticket holder a customized chair. Days later, stadium personnel located the missing chair at the other end of the complex. However, Kraft still provided the new wheelchair along with field passes to the January 21st AFC Championship Game.

Scientists Developing First Hydrocephalus Drug

In December 2017, researchers in Indiana received a $1.8 million grant to develop the first drug treatment for hydrocephalus after an unexpected discovery working with rodents in the lab. “The drug we were targeting for their kidney disease actually worked better for the brain,” Indianapolis physiologist Bonnie Blazer-Yost said. The federal funding will help her team develop a drug to treat the buildup of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain, known as hydrocephalus, and investigate its causes. Hydrocephalus can occur as a result of head trauma during birth among other things.

If your child was born with hydrocephalus, and you believe it was the result of head trauma during birth, our lawyers may be able help you receive compensation. For a free consultation, call 877-262-9767.

Eye-Gaze Device Helps Children with Cerebral Palsy Communicate

For children with severe forms of cerebral palsy that are unable to talk, eye-gaze tablets designed to track and interpret eye movement on a screen may help them to communicate. By looking at keys or images displayed on a special tablet, patients can type a message or select phrases to generate speech. “It gives you a chance to have a life like everybody else,” said pediatric neurologist and physical therapist Dr. Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez. She notes that eye-gaze technology has given her patients independence and has changed their lives.

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