Boxer With Erb’s Palsy Wins Super-Light Weight Title In Italy
Many birth traumas have life-long effects. That’s why it’s so important to seek compensation if someone is at fault for them. But some birth traumas can be compensated for in other ways. There are athletes who have achieved high levels of success despite dealing with conditions like Erb’s Palsy
The Bristol Post reported on a boxer who won a super-light weight title despite being born with Erb’s Palsy. Joe Hughes won the European title on a split-point decision.
The boxer fights with one arm shorter than the other due to his condition, but he conquered his opponent, Andrea Scarpa, in the match. A year ago, he tried for the same title but failed.
Hughes reported relief at winning the title. He said: “I feel some fulfillment now. I have achieved something big. I was beginning to have doubts this would happen. To win this is a real achievement. I could stop now and feel happy and content.”
He doesn’t know where he wants to go from here. He could try for the world title or try to unify the title he has with the British one. Hughes believes he has four or five fights left in his career before he hangs up his gloves.
But now that he’s the title-holder, he gets to choose his next opponent.
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Defensive End Adrian Clayborn Hasn’t Let Erb’s Palsy Slow Him Down
Erb’s Palsy is a condition where the nerves to the arm are damaged during birth. People affected by it have trouble rotating or bending their upper arm. It often happens when the neck is pulled too hard during delivery.
There are degrees of the condition, depending on how damaged the nerves are. With hard work and luck, motion and strength can come back, as one NFL player has done. Channel WBZ has the story.
Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn was born with Erb’s palsy. Despite his condition, he’s managed to rack up over 30 sacks. Doctors didn’t think he should have played football in the first place, but thanks to his efforts he’s proved them wrong.
“I play the right side. That’s where I’ve been playing for most of my career. It doesn’t really affect me, besides in the weight room with doing some stuff,” Clayborn explained in a conference call with the New England media. “But on the field, it doesn’t really affect me. I’ve learned to compensate when I have to and I do what I’ve got to do to make the plays.”
During his football career with Iowa, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons, and now the New England Patriots, Clayborn has fought hard to prove that he can play football despite Erb’s Palsy. A knee injury and a bicep injury have been the worst things he’s faced.
Erb’s Palsy Doesn’t Stop Archer From Achieving Her Goals
If you were born unable to use an arm well, like if you had Erb’s Palsy, you might think that a lot of activities would be beyond your abilities. But we have an example of another person with this condition who has overcome their limitations doing something you’d think would be impossible without two strong arms: archery.
Faith Oakley, a 16-year-old archer, has learned how to use her teeth and good arm to participate in archery tournaments according to the Courier-Journal. The Bardstown, Kentucky student has no ability to use her right arm, yet finished ninth in the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament in Orlando.
To pull back the string, she bites down on a nylon tab attached to the bowstring to pull the arrow. She hopes to be in the top five at the next tournament. She uses a 20-pound bow.
Her hope is to compete in the Paralympic Games when she is old enough, as well as participate on a collegiate team. “I have always believed I can work hard enough to become the best in the world,” Faith said.
We hope that Miss Oakley gets to accomplish her dream and show others with Erb’s Palsy that the lack of a functioning arm doesn’t have to stand in the way of achieving physical goals.
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Erb’s Palsy Isn’t Stopping Young Boy From Playing Baseball
Erb’s palsy isn’t slowing down one young boy in Tennessee from becoming an important member of his school’s baseball team. He’s playing second base despite having no ability to use his left arm. The Commercial Appeal has the story.
The condition is caused when nerves that control the shoulder and upper extremities are damaged during birth. The young boy had a difficult birth. According to his mother, he was stuck in the birth canal and had both arms damaged. Luckily, the nerves for the right arm were able to heal. But the ones for the left arm are still dysfunctional.
But that hasn’t stopped the boy from participating in athletics at Catholic Middle School. He has created his own unorthodox way of catching, pitching, and throwing with just one arm. In fact, he leads the team in quality at-bats.
“It makes me feel good, knowing that I can help the team or still make a great play,” said the boy to reporters. “I just keep trying and practicing harder. I feel like I’m more than equal to my teammates. Because I keep trying.”
People with serious disabilities have been able to make it to the professional level in baseball. Jim Abbott played for a decade with no right hand and pitched a no-hitter, and Peter Gray played without a right arm in the 1940s. With his level of determination, Erb’s palsy isn’t going to slow down his success.
Midwife Facing Multiple Lawsuits For Causing Erb’s Palsy, Other Birth Injuries
Medicine is a risky profession and most doctors are sued at least once sometime during their careers. How can a patient protect themselves? By looking at patterns of problems. It is possible to look up the malpractice case history of doctors.
One midwife in Washington is having a hard time fighting her mistakes involving brachial plexus injuries (Erb’s palsy). The Chronicle explains.
The Washington State Court of Appeals did uphold a verdict against a midwife, Laura Hamilton, where she was considered not negligent in a birth that caused Erb’s Palsy. But she is also facing two other malpractice suits at the same time. The other suits accuse Hamilton of a baby’s death through negligence and another brachial plexus injury case that caused permanent nerve damage and paralysis in an arm.
Furthermore, in an investigation done by another paper, The Daily News of Longview, the midwife has “racked up dozens of complaints, several professional disciplinary orders and had been subject to multiple state Health Department investigations over the course of her career, including a 1994 case in which an administrative health law judge determined Hamilton’s negligence was a factor in the death of a 21-year-old mother.”
A pattern like this shows that working with this medical professional would be a high risk. Sadly, patients may not have the chance to investigate malpractice claims against doctors before they are treated, especially in a hospital setting. Also, any doctor can make a mistake serious enough that you could have a malpractice case even if they have a perfect record. This is why you should consult with a lawyer if you have suspicions.
Softball Pitcher Achieves Two Straight 100-Strikeout Seasons Despite Erb’s Palsy
Children born with disabilities face significant disadvantages, but the worst is when their mindset holds them back in life. Some children push themselves and achieve heights that would be difficult even for abled people.
Sarah Johnson is an example. This New York teen was born with Erb’s palsy. Her right arm is mostly paralyzed. She has learned how to pitch and field with her left hand, using the right only to hold the glove during the pitch.
In 2016, she finished with a 0.927 fielding percentage. Sarah has been training to be a softball pitcher since the age of eight and has achieved two straight 100-strikeout seasons on the varsity team. She hopes to be able to play softball in college.
Erb’s palsy is a condition that happens during birth when the nerves between the arm and the brain are damaged. This is often due to stretching them too far. Sometimes this stretching is caused by doctors who pull too hard on the baby to free it from the mother.
While many cases do clear up in infancy, sometimes the damage is permanent. Children may face many surgeries to regain even a little mobility.
We want to commend Sarah Johnson for her achievements in athletics and hope she has an excellent college softball career.
Successful Nerve Surgeries In India Help Repair Erb’s Palsy Cases
An article from India shows how successful surgery can help children born with Erb’s palsy. New India Express reported on the success.
In one case, a three-month-old child received a special microsurgery on the leg and brachial plexus to do a nerve transplant. They used the nerves from the legs to bypass the damaged sections in the neck. Erb’s palsy is caused by damage to the brachial plexus and results in arm and hand paralysis.
Another child received the surgery after trying physiotherapy first for three months. After the physiotherapy failed, they turned to surgery when the child was eight months old. The surgery was successful. A few years later, the child underwent a second surgery to regain the ability to rotate her hand and wrist.
Some of the parents interviewed for the article were unaware of these treatments and could not find specialists that could do them. This delayed treatment in their cases.
The most critical window for surgery is within the first year of life for Erb’s palsy. Thus, if your child has been diagnosed with this condition and you believe it was due to your doctors, you need to speak with a birth injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be eligible for compensation that could pay for treatments that could help your child.
Track Athlete Breaks Through Erb’s Palsy To Qualify For State
Erb’s Palsy affects around 1-2 babies out of 1000. In minor cases, it causes slight motor issues. In severe cases, it can cause the loss of a limb or even death. Yet even in serious cases, Erb’s Palsy doesn’t have to stop children from achieving high goals, as one young man has.
Delmarva Now reports on Kieth Flagg, a senior with Erb’s Palsy who just qualified for the state track meet. He was able to achieve this despite having to endure four body casts as a child.
Despite this unusual childhood, he never saw himself as anything but normal.
“I didn’t have a care in the world,” Keith Flagg said. “I was a kid — I didn’t know I was any different. Every once in a while, my mom would tell me I had an injury, but I just didn’t know. I would still go outside and play and nothing really felt any different.”
After trying different sports growing up, he found that using his legs was the best choice. Erb’s Palsy doesn’t affect the legs, so he put his all into track. Now he’s getting ready to go to the state competition.
He’s also racked up an impressive number of other achievements, including playing trombone, maintaining perfect grades, and others. You can read his full story at the link.
We wish Kieth all the success at the track meet!
Woman With Erb’s Palsy Beaten By Police Because She Couldn’t Move Her Arm To Be Cuffed
People with disabilities face discrimination despite great advances over the past three decades. In this story involving a woman with Erb’s Palsy, we have an especially egregious case. The woman has filed a civil suit against the LAPD after she was beaten by police for trying to enter a home she owned, then charged for resisting arrest despite an inability to move her arm to be cuffed. Eurweb.com reports.
According to her lawyer, the woman’s legs were hobbled during the incident and that his client endured the worst beating of a female by police he has seen in practice. The officers did admit to striking the woman twice in the face, but audio evidence also revealed that she was kicked several time.
Witnesses to the incident said the police were there to investigate a stabbing incident, but decided that the plaintiff’s boyfriend was a suspect and tried to steal his bike. The officers also refused to talk with a person that the plaintiff said lived in the house and was the real suspect.
The officers initially had everyone on the grass. A tenant with cancer who urinated on themselves was denied re-entry, but they went in on their own accord and weren’t stopped. The plaintiff took that as a sign that she could go inside. That’s when police attacked her and claimed she was resisting arrest. Later the charges were dropped to delaying an investigation, but her lawyer argues that charge can be applied to just about anything.
The audio recording clearly shows that witnesses told the officers she had a disability. We hope that the plaintiff receives a large settlement for this egregious case.
Survey Hopes To Improve Outcomes Of People With Brachial Plexus Injuries
Injury to the brachial plexus leads to reduced function, life-long pain, and even paralysis of the arms. Erb’s Palsy is a form of injury that happens during birth, but risks to this complex of nerves can happen to anyone in an accident.
Surgery to correct the problem is possible, but the outcomes of the surgery can be vague. What looks good to a surgeon may not be good enough for a patient to psychologically recover from the damage. A survey study reported in the Journal Of Bone & Joint Surgery seeks to discover more about patients’ expectations from brachial plexus surgery and treatment outcomes. Medicalxpress.com has the story.
The new survey asks questions of patients with brachial plexus injuries before and after the surgery using open-ended questions. The goal of the survey is to help improve patient cares. Dr. Mancuso, the lead investigator of the study, says, “First, it provides a template from which patients can discuss the spectrum of physical and emotional effects of BPI with their surgical team. This, in turn, offers providers the opportunity to comprehensively address patients’ needs directly or through a referral.”
She also hopes that the questions will help create a discussion about the realistic outcomes of brachial plexus surgery and how important it is to perform rehabilitation. Also, by also noting how the surgery was performed, surgeons can collect data about which procedures give better outcomes.