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Football fields in Michigan had some of the loudest cheers ever during half-time as students with cerebral palsy and special needs were elected as homecoming kings and queens. Grand Haven High School elected four special needs students to homecoming court, and two students with cerebral palsy won the titles of Homecoming King and Queen, Bradley Langemaat and Brigid Marcinkus. The students at Grand Haven say their homecoming court is made up of more than just make-up and tiaras. Students say that Bradley and Brigid have incredible amounts of school spirit, are always smiling, and are two of the nicest people anyone will ever meet.
The four special needs students elected to homecoming court have received support from the community like nobody has ever seen before, said senior Sydney Watson. But when Bradley and Brigid had crowns placed on their heads, the crowd went crazy and many students had tears in their eyes. Brigid told Fox News reporters that she was going to celebrate at the dance by eating cake and cookies with her friends, and Bradley said he was excited by all the love and support he received throughout the night.
While the community showed enormous pride for all the students on homecoming court, perhaps the proudest person was Bradley’s dad, who was crying as the news team interviewed him. Mr. Langemaat said that Bradley weighed less than 2 pounds at birth and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly thereafter. When Bradley was a baby, his parents were deeply worried about him and what his future would hold. But with the help of a loving community and amazing teachers and therapists, Bradley has become an extremely enthusiastic and happy kid with a great sense of humor.
FERNDALE STUDENTS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ELECTED AS DUKE AND DUCHESS FOR HOMECOMING
Ferndale sophomores Jacob Pace and Destiny Thomas were overwhelmingly elected by Ferndale students to be the Duke and Duchess on homecoming court. As students rose to their feet to give deafening cheers for Jacob, who has developmental disabilities, and Destiny, who has cerebral palsy, one thought when through Jacob’s mind: “I’m a winner.”
Lynn Pace, Jacob’s mother, said that her son and other kids in the special needs program at Ferndale schools have always been embraced by students and teachers throughout grade school and into high school. Lynn says that Jacob has never come home from school upset by something a classmate said or did. When Jacob attends football games, it takes 20 minutes to finally sit down because he talks to so many students on the way to his seat.
When Jacob arrived home one day after homecoming, he told his mom, “Yeah baby, I’m the Duke.”
Lynn credits the way the Ferndale School System integrates special needs students into the system, even in elementary and middle school. The school district doesn’t shut away the special needs children. These kids are part of the school and they do just about everything the other students do. Lynn thinks this makes the students much more empathetic and it makes them better kids all around.
Destiny’s mother, Cherry Myers, said that Destiny loves being able to participate in general education classes. Destiny was very excited after the homecoming assembly and she said, “Mom, they clapped for me!”
MICHIGAN CEREBRAL PALSY LAWYERS DISCUSS CEREBRAL PALSY SUPPORT & THERAPIES
While many experts think that the brain damage that causes cerebral palsy cannot be fixed (although there is ongoing research that challenges this), there are numerous surgeries, treatments and therapies that can significantly improve the symptoms of cerebral palsy. Intense physical therapy, playing sports, riding horses, attending special camps and riding bikes – including ones made especially for special needs children – have all been shown to provide significant social, emotional and physical benefits for people with special needs.
Having loving support from family, friends, teachers and therapist is crucial for children with special needs and cerebral palsy. When friends and communities embrace these very special children and incorporate them into everyday activities, including special events such as homecoming, the benefits are immeasurable and the children are much happier and well-adjusted. One special high school football team even helped a student with cerebral palsy score the last touchdown of the game. This was quite amazing because the boy, Eric Hernandez, could barely walk – even with the help of a walker. When Eric reached the end zone by himself, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd, and everybody was on their feet cheering.
MICHIGAN CEREBRAL PALSY LAWYERS DISCUSS CEREBRAL PALSY & ITS CAUSES.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that affects the brain and nervous system, causing muscle tone, movement, and motor skills problems. While there are varying degrees of cerebral palsy, it almost always drastically alters a child’s life and capabilities. Unfortunately, many cases of cerebral palsy are due to the negligence of a physician or other medical professionals during labor and delivery.
Anything that causes oxygen deprivation or trauma to the brain while it is still developing can cause cerebral palsy. Birth is a common time for complications to occur that cause trauma, a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain and infection. Listed below are some of the most common causes of birth injuries that lead to cerebral palsy.
Causes of birth injuries and cerebral palsy include:
- Failure to quickly deliver a baby when she is being deprived of oxygen in the womb. This will manifest as fetal distress on the fetal heart rate monitor. When a baby is in distress, a C-section delivery is usually the fastest and safest way to deliver the baby.
- Ruptured uterus (womb)
- Preeclampsia / eclampsia
- Fetal stroke
- Placental abruption
- Placenta previa
- Umbilical cord problems, such as a nuchal cord (cord wrapped around the baby’s neck), umbilical cord prolapse, short umbilical cord and cord in a true knot
- Oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid)
- Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) / premature birth
- Prolonged and arrested labor
- Intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds), which can be caused by a traumatic delivery. Forceps and vacuum extractors can cause brain bleeds. Sometimes intense contractions (hyperstimulation) caused by labor induction drugs (Pitocin and Cytotec) can cause head trauma. Mismanagement of cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD), abnormal presentations (face or breech presentation), and shoulder dystocia also put a child at risk of having a brain bleed.
- Hyperstimulation caused by Pitocin and Cytotec can cause oxygen deprivation that gets progressively worse.
- Improper management of the baby’s respiratory status after birth. This includes failure to properly manage apnea (periods of breathing cessation) and failure to properly manage a baby on a breathing machine (which can cause overventilation injuries such as hypocarbia and a hole or holes in the lungs).
- Brain infection such as meningitis, which can be caused by infections in the mother that travel to the baby at birth. These maternal infections include the following: Group B Strep (GBS), herpes simplex virus (HSV), urinary tract infections (UTI), bacterial vaginosis (BV) and chorioamnionitis.
- Untreated or improperly treated neonatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Untreated or improperly treated high bilirubin levels (jaundice) that cause a form of brain damage called kernicterus.
- Anesthesia mistakes during delivery, which can cause blood pressure problems in the mother, including a hypotensive crisis.
MICHIGAN CEREBRAL PALSY LAWYERS HELPING CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY FOR ALMOST 3 DECADES
If you are seeking the help of a Michigan cerebral palsy lawyer, it is very important to choose a lawyer and firm that focus solely on birth injury cases. Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers is a national birth injury law firm that has been helping children for almost 3 decades.
Attorney Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing solely on birth injury cases for over 28 years, and most of his cases involve hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy. Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as being one of the best medical malpractice firms in the nation. The firm’s cerebral palsy lawyers have won numerous awards for their advocacy of children and are members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG) and the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ). In fact, Jesse is one of only 2 attorneys in Michigan to have been elected Chair of the BTLG.
If your child was diagnosed with a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), the award-winning Michigan cerebral palsy lawyers at ABC Law Centers can help. We have helped children throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy and a secure future, and we give personal attention to each child and family we represent. Our nationally recognized birth injury firm has numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to our success and no fees are ever paid to our firm until we win your case. Email or call Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers at 888-419-2229 for a free case evaluation. Our firm’s award-winning Michigan cerebral palsy lawyers are available 24 / 7 to speak with you.