The brachial plexus is a collection of nerves in the shoulder area. This nerve bundle carries important signals from the brain to the arms and hands. If there is an injury to the brachial plexus, a person may not be able to feel or move these important parts of the body.
Brachial plexus injuries are relatively common during the delivery of newborns. In fact, about one out of every 1,000 newborns suffers a brachial plexus injury. While immediate surgery and rehabilitation may minimize the effects of this type of birth-related injury, many babies never recover completely.
There is some hope for new parents
If your child suffers any form of birth injury, you are likely to experience a range of emotions. These include both sadness and anger. There may be some hope for new parents, however.
Recently, a study from the University of Notre Dame uncovered a way to regenerate damaged brachial plexus nerves. With nerve regeneration, injured babies may make a full and rapid recovery. That is, after undergoing regeneration, babies may not have to live with the consequences of a brachial plexus injury.
More research is necessary
It may not take long for nerve regeneration to become standard in treating newborns with birth-related brachial plexus injuries. The procedure may also help older individuals who damage brachial nerves later in life. Still, more research is necessary.
Ultimately, if your child sustains a brachial plexus injury during childbirth, you may be able to pursue substantial financial compensation to pay for the costly medical procedures your son or daughter needs to recover.