Parents Of A Seven-Year-Old Boy With Cerebral Palsy Back National Campaign

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The parents of a seven-year-old boy who diagnosed with cerebral palsy are backing a national initiative, World Cerebral Palsy Day, which takes place this year on 7th October.

Christian Corion, from Sevenoaks, in Kent, has severe whole body dyskentic cerebral palsy and has significant learning difficulties and visual impairment. He also has limited mobility and is fed by a gastrostomy (feeding tube).

He was born on 1st December 2007 and was discharged from Lewisham hospital fit and well but developed jaundice. His parents took him back to hospital when he was five days old but there was substandard care in his treatment for jaundice, including a delay in giving him phototherapy and exchange transfusion. As a result Christian suffered severe brain damage.

His parents Chris and Kay instructed expert medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his treatment at Lewisham hospital which is run by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

The NHS trust admitted liability for Christian’s injuries and the family has received an interim payment which has allowed his parents and two brothers to move to a new ground floor house with specialist equipment to help with Christian’s development.

This year Irwin Mitchell is partnering with national charity, Brainwave, on World CP Day to help raise awareness about the condition which affects more than 17 million people around the world.

Brainwave was set up to help children with disabilities to achieve greater independence. They work with families and schools and aim to improve children’s mobility, communication skills and learning potential through educational and physical therapies.

Jane Weakley, a medical negligence lawyer who specialises in cerebral palsy claims, represented his family. She said:

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“We have been able to arrange a care and rehabilitation package for Christian and his family so that he is able to access specialist therapies and equipment including moving to a more suitable temporary accommodation and wheelchair adapted vehicle.

“Our clinical negligence team handles a number of cases involving traumatic births, often where babies have been left severely disabled at birth. In all cases, huge levels of support are required to help people through, not only in dealing with the demands of a disabled child but also negotiating their way through the various organisations who try to provide help but who are limited in what they can do by restricted resources.”
Jane Weakley, Associate

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood and is also one of the least understood. Irwin Mitchell has partnered with CP charity Brainwave to create an online resource to raise awareness of the challenges of living with cerebral palsy.

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If medical errors during birth caused your child’s cerebral palsy, our expert solicitors could help you claim compensation. Visit out Cerebral Palsy Claims page for more information or call or free on 0808 163 4557.