He's just 6 years old, but he faces some of the toughest obstacles anyone of any age can face in life. The boy lives with his family about 300 miles northwest of Covington in the Chicago area.
With presidential politics in full swing though the election is more than a year away, one of the topics that might get more attention over coming days is medical malpractice. Several candidates have expressed their support for revamping the system and putting caps on compensation.
In the United States, prenatal care has become a huge part of the pregnancy process. From special vitamins to regular checkups with a woman's doctor, prenatal care is designed to diagnose and prevent potentially serious health problems from developing and causing harm to the mother and/or child. In some cases, doctors may even discuss the option of performing a cesarean section as a way to increase a child's survival and to decrease injuries.
She used to run marathons and she used to be a fitness instructor and a teacher. Like virtually every adult, she used to walk and talk and feed herself and dress herself. But those days are gone.
Last week, we discussed some of the effects of brain injuries. If you recall, those effects can be long lasting, life altering and very serious. What some of our readers might not realize is that the effects of a brain injury aren't always apparent right away. In some cases, the effects of the injury might not show up for weeks or months after the injury occurs. That can make life even more challenging after a brain injury.
Brain injuries can affect every aspect of a person's life. While many people might focus on the cognitive and physical effects of a brain injury, some brain injury victims might also suffer from emotional effects of the injury. All of these effects can come together to cause dramatic changes in the victim's life. Additionally, they can also cause dramatic changes for their loved ones. Understanding some points about how the brain injury can affect each of these areas might help those coping with a brain injury.
On this blog last week, we covered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Learning that your baby is suffering from this condition can evoke a wide range of feelings in parents. Anger, hurt and denial are some of the common feelings. You might start to wonder why your child has to suffer. You might wonder how you are going to give your child the best life possible despite the diagnosis. We understand how you feel. We want to work with you to hold the person responsible for your child's condition accountable for his or her errors or negligence.
When patients go into to have an outpatient procedure, they are putting their life in the hands of the doctor. They are trusting that the doctor will do what needs to be done and only what was agreed upon and consented to prior to the start of the procedure. When things go wrong for any reason during an outpatient procedure, it can spell disaster for the patient. Our Kentucky readers who enjoyed Joan Rivers' comedy might find the details surrounding her death rather troubling.
Suffering from any type of brain injury can have an impact on the rest of a person's life. In some cases, the impact is minimal and life returns to normal. When the impact is significant, the long-term effects can be devastating. Research being done by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency might lead to a lessened impact of traumatic brain injuries.
Kentucky residents may have heard that according to a teenage tonsillectomy patient's mother, her daughter began bleeding from the nose and mouth shortly after awakening from the surgery before going into cardiac arrest. Attending physicians eventually pronounced brain death and announced plans to remove life support not long after. That decision was apparently overruled by parental objection with requests for more time.