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Profile of Determination with Erb’s Palsy

The Pilot Online recently shared a wonderful story about a high school student who is thriving even after being born with Erb’s Palsy. Her story is a testament to the power of perseverance, a positive outlook, and access to necessary medical care and support for those dealing with a birth injury.

As injury attorneys in Chicago, we have worked with many families over the years whose children developed permanent injuries during childbirth. Naturally, family members minds immediately drift into thoughts about limitations and the list of things that their child may never be able to do. But at these times it is most important to consider the opposite, the possibilities. There are examples throughout Chicago, Illinois, and the rest of the country of children with any manner of special conditions or challenges who lead extraordinary lives, impacting everyone around them.

The young woman profiled in the Pilot Online story, Kara Jones, graduated from high school this spring. An athlete, Kara played on the school’s girl’s soccer team. A team captain for three years, she even scored a game winning overtime goal in a local playoff match this season. Excelling in the classroom as well, Kara graduated as salutatorian of her class. She is attending college in the Fall and is hoping to enter the medical field.

All of her success is made even more special considering that throughout her life Kara has battled the effect of a birth injury she suffered. Kara has Erb’s Palsy, a condition caused by damage to the nerves in her arm and shoulder. Erb’s Palsy strikes many local families, usually caused by excessive force being applied during difficult births.

In Kara’s case, doctors initially told the family that the girl had long odds–it was unclear if she’d ever graduate from high school at all–let alone accomplish so much while doing so. But she beat the doctor’s odds.

Over the years she was slowly able to regain motion in her damaged arm via use of continued quality therapy. As a child, the arm was bent and of little use, but, day by day, she improved. By the time she was ten she could use the arm to turn doorknobs. A few years later she was strong enough to brush her own hair. Now, as a result of continued therapy, her arm is no longer bent as it was in her younger days.

All those facing tough life circumstances and difficult odds have moments of despair, anger, frustration, and hopelessness. Yet, no matter what, one must keep hope. Learning about those who have been in the same situation and fought their way through is one of the best ways to be reminded of the possibilities that still exist. That is true no matter what the circumstances, from a childbirth injury or car accident, and anything in between.

If you have questions about any of the legal ramifications of these sorts of situations, please contact our team of lawyers today to see how we can help.

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