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7 CLues Your Doctor is a Predator Rachel, the grandmother of a young boy with cerebral palsy, shares the story of her grandson’s difficult birth. After the mistakes made by hospital staff, her grandson, Jakob did not get the oxygen his brain needed. This is their story of success and how attorneys uncovered the truth.

I got there (to the hospital) about an hour after my grandson, Jakob, was born and a nurse met me in the hallway and explained he had stopped breathing. I was amazed he was still alive.

The first time I laid eyes on him he was waiting to be flown to the NICU at Grady (Georgia). His little left arm was just quivering in the air. My daughter was so upset.

When I got to the NICU, it was so sad to see my only grandson with wires running everywhere out of his body. He was there 6 weeks and I was there every day. Because my daughter was having a hard time coping with everything, I became Jakob’s guardian.

I knew it would be hard. At the time I just prayed ‘Lord, give me the strength.’ But there was no turning back. He was a part of me. He was precious.

Jakob’s Struggle Was Preventable

Because of what had happened at the hospital, we suspected something was wrong. Jakob had seizures and they told us he had cerebral palsy. My daughter called a lawyer and that’s how we met Ken Suggs and Jerry Jowers of Janet, Jenner & Suggs.

Giles Manley, who was an Ob/Gyn for 20 years and is a lawyer with the firm, looked at Jakob’s records. He said the hospital should have known Jakob might need a breathing tube right after he was born because of what fetal monitoring was showing. A resuscitation team should have been right there, but they were busy with another baby and a back-up team wasn’t called. Jakob had to struggle trying to breath for eight minutes before he finally got a tube. Dr. Manley, who is also medical director for CP Family Network, told us about other mistakes, too.

It broke our hearts all over again to learn Jakob could be a well boy today if these mistakes hadn’t been made. But my daughter was relieved to learn it wasn’t her fault.

Seeking Light at the End of the Tunnel

At the trial, I’ve never seen someone so organized as Jerry, and I’ve never seen a group of people come together as a team like they did. My husband and I owned a painting company, and we never were that organized. And the way Jerry handled the trial, the evidence he showed, the witnesses he brought were amazing.

The verdict can’t repair anything, but it will allow Jakob to live with the help and equipment he needs to improve if he can. With the right kind of help and equipment, he might be able to someday walk, run or talk. That’s my prayer, and Jesus is in the healing business.

The journey has been one of into the valley and up on the mountaintop since the day we walked out of the NICU that first day. My husband passed away in 2012. He would have been so happy for Jakob. I know he’s smiling down on us.

 

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By Western Morning News

A bubbly little boy who ‘died seven times’ while battling a devastating stroke has been honoured for his bravery.

Mother Sally Birch was told her 11-month-old son Levi Richards would never walk or talk after suffering a bout of pneumococcal meningitis.

The disease sparked a seizure and then a full-blown stroke but medics at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, kept him alive despite his heart stopping seven times.

Levi, from St Budeaux, was left suffering from hemiplegia cerebral palsy, which means he has weakness on his right side, is deaf and has learning difficulties.

Now aged nine, however, he has defied doctors predictions by growing into a happy, outgoing little boy who plans to run a half-marathon and become a paralympic swimmer.

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By Kirsty McCormack

The Italian star has decided to help three-year-old Ollie Dodds, from Lichfield, who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which prevents him from walking, standing and even sitting up straight.

After researching the condition, Ollie’s parents Hayley Smith and James Dodds discovered Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) treatment, which can benefit children with cerebral palsy.

Unfortunately, the £36,000 procedure is not funded by the NHS which left Hayley, 23, and James, 31, with a huge bill to help transform their son’s life.

The couple decided to launch the Operation Ollie appeal to find £50,000 to pay for the treatment as well as travel costs to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri in the US which specialises in SDR.

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here contestant pledged £5,000 to the appeal a few weeks ago and followed it up with a donation of £4,250 earlier this month.

“It’s very touching,” Hayley said of his donation. “We have just been amazed by his generosity.

“We went to Bolton Food Festival where he was giving a cookery class to thank him in person. He was such a nice guy, very genuine and made time for us.”

Hayley and James have now raised over £20,000 towards their target thanks to Gino’s generosity and fundraising stunts, including a 24-hour sponsored tennis match in Birmingham last month.

Read the full story here.

 

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