In a recent study of 222 preterm births, research reported that connective tissue may be the link between cerebral palsy and prematurity. More specifically, inflammation in the connective tissue in the umbilical cord may lead to cerebral palsy. There are many potential causes for inflammation in the connective tissue in the umbilical cord, including: premature birth from preterm labor, premature rupture of the amniotic sac, and infection.
The umbilical cord is the pathway for oxygen and nutrients to a fetus, and waste from a fetus. Where there is umbilical cord inflammation, the ability of the cord to pass oxygen to a fetus may be impaired. Likewise, the ability of the cord to pass waste from the fetus (contributing to acidosis) may be impaired. During labor and delivery, an OBGYN should monitor a pregnant mother and unborn fetus for problems with umbilical cord function. Often times, fetal distress visible on tracings created by an external fetal heart rate monitor (EFM) may suggest that an unborn baby’s lifeline is failing or is compromised and, in turn, the baby should be delivered by cesarean section as soon as possible.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases. If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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