For generations, children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which is a lifelong condition that requires varying degrees of ongoing care and management. Despite all of the efforts that have been made with regards to identifying a cure for this condition, none have led to tangible results. Therefore, people who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy simply must learn to cope with the problems and challenges that it presents and learn to overcome those difficulties. Unfortunately, families who discover that this diagnosis was the result of a medical mistake face an even more difficult emotional task than others.
Fortunately, the worldwide research and study of cerebral palsy continues. Recently, news was made by researchers in Australia who have completed a study that, for the first time in several years, provides some promise to the hope of someday learning how to prevent cerebral palsy from taking hold of unborn children. Below you will find a brief overview of this study and its resulting hopes, and families who feel that their child has contracted this condition because of a medical mistake need to seek the help of New York birth injury lawyers as soon as possible.
The Australian Cerebral Palsy Study
Researchers at the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne have recently completed an exhaustive study on pregnant sheep whose offspring were struggling with development in the womb. This difficulty with development in the subjects was due to problems with the placenta and the available nutrients and oxygen in the area of the unborn child. This problem has also been one of the most common reasons that human babies have been born with cerebral palsy.
The researchers provided a set of pregnant sheep in the study with doses of melatonin, which is an antioxidant. Over the course of five years, the research team discovered that administering this antioxidant helped to provide the unborn lambs with the chemical balance they needed in order to bring about a proper level of development. As a result, damage to the brains of these lambs was largely avoided.
The next step for the researchers is obtaining approval from ethical authorities to conduct the same type of study on pregnant women. The hope is that if the effects of this antioxidant study are similar in the results that it could lead to the establishment of a protocol for fetuses that are struggling with problematic development and prevent many cases of cerebral palsy.
New York Birth Injury Lawyers
While this study is clearly promising, this treatment will unfortunately not help those children who are injured during the birthing process by the medical professionals who are supposed to manage the delivery. Therefore, parents whose children have suffered in this regard will still need to obtain the help of experienced New York birth injury lawyers who have been fighting for families for more than 40 years. Contact Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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