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.