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Brain damage can be caused by a birth injury to the baby’s head during labour, an infection, lack of oxygen to the foetus and jaundice. It can also occur spontaneously during pregnancy as a result of prematurity. Brain damage can be mild, moderate or severe which can have a different impact on whether the baby has a lifelong disability.

Brain damage is the primary cause of cerebral palsy.

Other types of brain damage include:

  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Caput Succedaneum
  • Kernicterus
  • Traumatic physical injuries

Support organisations and charities

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. Every year we support thousands of children and families across the country. Our national specialist centre is home to the UK’s largest rehabilitation service for children with acquired brain injury. Widely recognised as a leading centre of excellence, our service is one of the only services outside of an acute hospital setting which can provide the most complex rehabilitation in the UK. We also run a special school for children with a wide range of needs including complex education, health, therapy and care requirements. and provide transitional medical care to children with complex health needs. We have an extensive research programme and provide online support for families all over the UK.

Support organisations and charities

Peeps is the only UK charity* dedicated to supporting those affected by HIE. HIE stands for hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy. It is a lack of oxygen to the brain that can cause injury.

Support organisations and charities

Based in Wales.
Some babies can experience profound and severe consequences following a birth injury. Sadly for some, this may mean they will have short lives. If you have been told that your baby is unlikely to live into adulthood, we understand the deep sense of grief and uncertainty that this will bring.
Tŷ Hafan provides essential support to help you navigate this uncertainty and distress. You do not have to go through this journey alone.

We can provide you and your family with practical and emotional support whenever you need it and for however long you need it, including a wide range of therapies designed to enhance your child’s wellbeing.

Our focus is always on what your child can do, rather than what they are unable to do, to help you make the most out of the precious time you have together.

If your baby or child becomes seriously unwell, we may be able to offer a tranquil place of care for you all. We have a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist who can guide you through our services and identify how we can best support you.

Legal advice.

The birth of a child should be a time of happiness, excitement and celebration. Sadly, when negligent mistakes are made by medical professionals the result is pain, heartache and frustration for parents and the wider family.

If you believe that you have a birth injury negligence claim in relation to any wrong or mistreatment you received during birth, then please contact a member of our medical negligence specialist team today. We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

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