Our amazing baby boy was born June 10, 2011. He suffered a Brachial Plexus Injury during his birth. Steven's injury is referred to as Erb's Palsy. The purpose of this blog is to make others aware of this injury, and the risk factors during their pregnancy and delivery, so they can reduce the risk of this injury happening to their baby. Brachial Plexus palsy occurs in 2-3 per 1,000 live births. If your child already has a BPI I encourage you to find a BPI Specialist!
When Steven was 2 months old he had an appointment with his Orthopedic Surgeon. He told us that since Steven hadn't raised his arm up at all yet that it was time to meet with another doctor and plan for surgery... Two days later, I was playing with him on the couch and he slowly moved his forearm up across his chest! Praise God! I was elated!!! I ran to get my husband and the camera and he did it again! This movement showed us that his nerves (although damaged) were not severed from his spinal cord. When I called to tell the doctor about this wonderful news, he still suggested we meet with the other doctor and plan for surgery. That's when I realized I needed to do some more research. I found the Cincinnati Children's Brachial Plexus Center, and we have been seeing them ever since! :)