A woman in Halifax, Pennsylvania, has begun trying to raise awareness around birth injuries.
Her first effort, a “One Armed Cartwheel Challenge” is an event to do just that.
The woman, Ashley Krise, is so motivated because of her own tragic story, and that of her son Jaxon.
“My son, Jaxon, had a traumatic delivery,” she told her local ABC station, ABC27, “He was stuck, his shoulder had rotated completely. He had no brain activity, and at that point, the doctor is doing everything he can to get the child out to save them.”
Jaxon, according to the report, has made an incredible recovery since then. Now four years old, he has partial feeling in his arm (though it still remains partially paralyzed), and he is engaged in most of the activities kids his age usually are. For instance, he rides his bike.
Jaxon’s condition is called Brachial Plexus Palsy.
The one-armed cartwheel challenge is designed to allow others to experience activity how Jaxon does every day. Krise hopes that the event will bring in members of her community and help raise some viral awareness of her son’s condition in time for Brachial Plexus Palsy Awareness Week in October.
Birth injuries are an unfortunately common incident and result from problems during the birth process, as opposed to genetic issues, which are called birth defects.
Among the most common and well-known birth injuries are cerebral palsy, but other injuries can range from Shaken Baby Syndrome to Cephalohematoma, to brain and spinal injuries. Sometimes, it can also be infections.
These events can at times be simply the tragic result of a difficult birth, as in Jaxon’s case, but they can also at times be the result of medical error.
No matter the origin of the issue, parents like Krise feel the problem is not well known or understood, and the children who suffer from such conditions require more funding to help them succeed in life like Jaxon.
Participants of the One-Armed Cartwheel Challenge are encouraged to donate to Shriners Hospital for Children, which Krise credits for rehabilitating her son.
“They are the ones who gave us hope,” Krise said.
The hope of Krise, and other parents like her countrywide, is that there are more stories like Jaxon to be celebrated and publicized. And, with more generous donations, ever more stories to tell as hospitals like Shriners get the funding they need to turn the tragedy of a difficult birth into the triumph of one-armed cartwheeling children everywhere.
Readers of this article are encouraged to visit the One-Armed Cartwheel Challenge event if they are in the area. Otherwise, they are encouraged to donate to their local children’s hospitals, or to national organizations that help children with birth injuries. If nothing else, readers are encouraged to share Jaxon’s story with others.
There are numerous accidents that can happen in construction sites – electrocution, falling, getting hit by a falling object, getting caught up in a malfunctioning machine, among others. But this does not mean that workers can just accept their fate. In fact, it can be said that they deserve to feel safe, even if construction sites are meant to be hazardous.
This is not just a moral issue. According to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, those who have been injured in construction site accidents, whether they are workers or passersby, may recover compensation.
But preventing accidents will always be the better option, even if taking the case to court means that you can get money. Nothing can compensate the pain and suffering of sustaining an injury, especially if another party, particularly a negligent or reckless one, has been involved.
Cleaning the premises
Employers and employees should coordinate in construction site safety, and one of the easiest things they can do is to clean the site. This will minimize dust exposure, which can be particularly dangerous to the eyes, skin, throat, and lungs.
Organizing the premises
Another basic thing they can do is to organize the premises, in a way that will prevent unnecessary accidents that may arise from disorganization, such as slipping because of an unattended construction tool on the floor and getting hit on the head by a falling construction tool because it has been misplaced.
Installing instructions and warning signs
Some construction site hazards are more obvious than others, but no matter the obviousness, instructions and warning signs should always be present. You will never know, because construction workers may be too involved in the job that they forget how to use common sense. Even a minor mental lapse can result into a disaster, particular when equipment and heavy machines are involved.
Even if the construction site is well-organized, an accident can still occur if the construction tools, equipment, and heavy machines are not properly maintained, because this may lead into defects and malfunctions that may ultimately result into accidents and injuries. Regular maintenance and inspection of these things should be done.
A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when an artery in the brain bursts due to pressure build up, causing cell damage and bleeding. This build up in pressure is caused by factors such as head trauma, high blood pressure, blood vessel abnormalities, aneurysms, and blood clotting complications. Developing a brain hemorrhage is a very serious condition, causing symptoms that can be severe and even fatal. Anyone who experiences the first signs of a brain hemorrhage should seek out medical attention immediately.
The following are just some of the early symptoms one should look out for:
- Sudden and severe headaches
- Weakness in one’s extremities
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling lethargic
- Changes in vision
- Abnormalities in sense of taste
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Difficulty with speaking, reading, and other cognitive tasks
- Difficulty with motor skills
- Loss of consciousness
According to the website of Williams & Kherhker, these symptoms can quickly worsen and develop into either two types of hemorrhagic stroke. The first type is referred to as intracerebral hemorrhage. It is called such because of where the bleeding takes place. With an intracerebral hemorrhage, the patient experiences bleeding inside the brain due to a damaged blood vessel. The other type is called subarachnoid hemorrhage. This occurs in the surface of the brain, beneath one’s skull. It is caused by damaged blood vessels that are further complicated with fluid supporting one’s brain and spinal cord.
There are many risk factors that cause brain hemorrhage to occur in certain patients. Aside from those already mentioned earlier, the risk for brain hemorrhage can also be increased by certain medications. One such medication is the anticoagulant drug called Xarelto. While Xarelto has proven to be helpful in preventing blood clotting complications in certain patients, there are also several noted concerns that patients need to be wary about. This is particularly true for those that are alreay at risk for brain hemorrhaging and other similar complications.