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Can Doctors Treat Brain Injuries After a Kentucky Hypoxia Birth Injury?

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Did a delayed C-section or any other form of doctor negligence injure your infant at birth? If so, your baby may have suffered a Kentucky birth injury, such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This birth injury results from a lack of oxygen for the infant during the labor and delivery process.

If your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare worker notices the symptoms of a hypoxic birth injury, they should conduct emergency treatment as soon as possible.

The Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology indicates that hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy occurs in one to three full-term births out of every 1,000. Out of the newborns that sustain hypoxic birth injuries, 15%-20% will unfortunately die during the postnatal period, and about 25% will sustain mental retardation, motor skill issues, epilepsy, hyperactivity, or cerebral palsy.

Although every birth injury is different and has different levels of severity, HIE is devastating and often permanent for the child. A Kentucky hypoxia birth injury (insert to new article) can result in emotional pain for the family, as well as a physical burden to all involved. This is why the Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology indicates that it is critical to find therapeutic strategies to reduce a child's brain injury at birth.

Some of their research and study findings include:
  • Room Air: A recent study, the 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations in the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, recommends that term babies should begin resuscitation with room air rather than 100% oxygen. 
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia: Reducing the body temperature reduces cerebral injuries, prevents energy depletion, and improves neurological outcomes after asphyxia. This study recommended that hypothermia, when used as an intervention before the onset of seizures, reduces the rate of disability for infants with HIE.
Although these recommendations are not a sure way to prevent HIE, there may be enhancements available in the near future that could help repair and improve neurological outcomes for infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.

If your child has suffered an Ohio or Kentucky birth injury, contact a skilled Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson for more information. You can reach our office at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297. Schedule a free legal consultation today.
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