Cerebral palsy dating
Paula Mc Kay was left devastated in 1991 when daughter Natasha was born severely disabled after she was starved of oxygen during her birth at the former Sharoe Green Hospital in Preston in Lancashire.But just 17 months later her son Patrick suffered a similar botched delivery which left him needing constant care.Rather than guiding the lower limbs, the exoskeleton changed the posture by introducing discrete bursts of knee extension assistance while the children were walking.About one in 323 children in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, according to the CDC.The girl pictured (left) is one of seven children with cerebral palsy who was involved in an eight to 12 week study to test how the exoskeleton would improve their condition.The technology showed improvement to posture and mobility by the sixth session in an equal or better way than invasive surgery would Cerebral palsy is the umbrella term for a number of brain conditions that affect movement and coordination.“We call George our severely normal child,” added Mrs Mckay, “He’s a reminder of how healthy all the children could have been.” In 2010, after 17 years vigorously contesting liability, the NHS Litigation Authority agreed to pay £6 million for Patrick’s care and have now also awarded a further £7 million for Natasha.
The study reported that six of the seven participants showed improved knee extension while walking with the technology by the sixth session.'Increased step length and gait speed suggest that the participants adapted to the assistive devices,' the study reports.
Specifically, it is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles.
The condition can occur if the brain develops abnormally or is damaged before, during or shortly after birth.
Olivia Scates, a partner at JMW Solicitors, who represented the family against the former North West Strategic Health Authority, said it was an unprecedented situation where two siblings had suffered brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy as a result of negligence.
Mrs Scates said: “Paula has had to cope with two avoidable tragedies involving her children.