In 2018, ABC Law Centers owner Jesse Reiter established the Reiter HIE Research Fund with the goal of supporting research into treatments for infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). He recently contributed an additional $5,000 to this important cause.
The Reiter HIE Research Fund supports the work of Dr. John Barks and colleagues at Michigan Medicine, the healthcare system affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Barks’ research was critical in establishing therapeutic hypothermia as a standard treatment for newborns with HIE, and he continues to further our knowledge of therapeutic hypothermia and other treatments for HIE (1).
To learn more about the Reiter HIE Research Fund and Dr. Barks’ research, please click here.
What is hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE?)
HIE is a type of brain injury that can occur when a baby is deprived of oxygenated blood flow to the brain during or around the time of birth. It can have serious impacts on development, sometimes resulting in cerebral palsy (CP), intellectual disabilities, seizure disorders, and other health issues.
However, this type of brain injury is a process rather than an instantaneous event. The initial oxygen-depriving insult (which often occurs during birth) sets off a chain reaction in which cells become injured, die, and release substances that are toxic to other cells. If treatments such as therapeutic hypothermia are administered very shortly after the initial injury, this can minimize or even prevent permanent damage (2).
About Jesse Reiter and ABC Law Centers
Jesse Reiter is the founder and owner of ABC Law Centers, a birth injury firm based out of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Since the firm’s inception in 1997, Jesse and the rest of the ABC Law Centers legal team have been advocating for children with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and other conditions that can result from medical malpractice around the time of birth. Outside of the courtroom, Jesse and other firm members work to promote safer medical practices and advancements in treatment for children with HIE and other birth injuries.
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- Introducing the Reiter HIE Research Fund! (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2020, from https://www.abclawcenters.com/introducing-the-reiter-hie-research-fund/.
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2020, from https://www.abclawcenters.com/practice-areas/prenatal-birth-injuries/fetus-or-newborn-medical-problems/hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy/