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Family of infant lost to birth injury works to help others

The prospect of severe disabilities as result of a birth injury is daunting challenge for a new family. Long term hospitalization and therapy can quickly deplete much of the family's resources of time, money and energy. While this is undeniably challenging, other families are less fortunate, in some cases the injuries an infant sustains at birth can cost them their lives.

One family who lost a child to a birth injury has dedicated themselves to helping those that have survived a birth injury to receive better care. Their charity has benefitted a therapeutic gymnasium for infants and toddlers, as well as provided communication and mobility devices for children who need them.

In 2000 during the birth of their child the mother suffered complications, the baby suffered severe oxygen deprivation during the birth causing severe brain damage. Their baby lived for eight months before finally succumbing to his injuries.

This year the family's charity intends to donate more than $25,000 to programs to help children with special needs. This includes funds for a special chairlift to allow children with decreased mobility access to a therapeutic pool, and a donation to a program that purchases equipment and services that facilitate children's ability to return home from rehabilitation centers and hospitals.

The mother explained that she thinks about how old their son would be now if he had survived and thinks about what sorts of services would need at this stage in his development. The nonprofit foundation is run completely by volunteers.

Source: "Son lost to childbirth brain injury inspires West Nyack family's choices for charity's aid," Khurram Saeed, Sept. 22, 2011

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