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Home » Latest News » HIE Awareness Day

HIE Awareness Day

HIE Awareness Day

Bridge McFarland LLP supports the aim of Peeps Charity new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of HIE. Peeps is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting those affected by HIE.

HIE stands for Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy. This is the medical term to describe a reduced amount of oxygen (hypoxia), or a reduced flow of blood (ischaemia) affecting the function of the brain (encephalopathy). It can sometimes be called birth asphyxia or perinatal asphyxia.

There are a few known causes of HIE in both adults and children, and they can have a temporary or a permanent effect on the brain, and on the person.

HIE damage to a baby’s brain can occur for a number of reasons. These include shoulder dystocia (where the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind their mother’s pubic bone during delivery),  trauma during birth and a placental abruption (where the baby’s placenta detaches from inside the uterus (womb)). The consequence can be a lack of oxygen or insufficient blood to the brain.

Other causes of HIE include being kept at a low temperature (hypothermia), not having enough sugar in their blood (hypoglycaemia), too much bilirubin in their blood (hyperbilirubinaemia – also known as kernicterus).

HIE can lead to the development of Cerebral Palsy, which can have life-long consequences  for a child and their family.

The Bridge McFarland LLP Clinical negligence team  are very experienced in helping to recover compensation for those families affected by HIE especially when it affects a child at, before or after their birth.

We are happy to support Peeps HIE Awareness Day because we do know the impact that HIE can have on people, their families and friends.

We are here to try to help you, so if you feel that you, or a loved one, have suffered a significant injury in a medical setting that could be due to negligence then please feel free to contact us.

 

https://www.peeps-hie.org/who-we-are/

https://www.bridgemcfarland.co.uk/news/what-is-cerebral-palsy

https://www.bridgemcfarland.co.uk/medical-negligence-solicitors

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