Monday, November 30, 2009

Teacher Awarded Grant to Purchase Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator Doll

Thanks to a grant program established in her area, a high school teacher in Texas will be able to purchase a life-size doll that simulates the effects of shaken baby syndrome on a child's brain, according to the Times Record News.  Named the IDEA grant, the prize is awarded to 21 teachers at nine different campuses in the Wichita Falls Independent School District who have the best ideas for a creative classroom project or need.  Award recipients receive money to carry out creative project ideas or purchase the requested supplies for their classes.  The winning teachers not only receive a check to fund their ideas, but also a balloon bouquet and a sign to post outside their classroom that announces their win.

The importance of this teacher's project idea is key:  to illustrate the devastating (and even surprising) effects even minor shaking can have on a baby's brain.  If you would like more information on shaken baby syndrome or how it affects young children, feel free to contact abusive head trauma attorney Chris Keane.  As an advocate for injured and abused children, he will answer all your questions for free with compassion and professionalism.  1-888-592-KIDS.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Effects of Abusive Head Trauma on a Shaken Baby's Eyes & Vision

There are many different negative effects of abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome) on a baby or child, including effects on the baby's vision.  Specifically, a shaken baby may suffer retinal hemorrhages (bleeding into the retina) and retinal detachment (the peeling away of the retina from the layer of support tissue beneath it).  If not treated quickly, these effects on the eyes can lead to vision loss and even blindness, in more serious cases.  When a baby is shaken, his or her brain is pitched back and forth, causing trauma inside the cranium.  The parts of the eye most often damaged by this back-and-forth motion are the retina (the light-sensitive tissue of the eye on which a visual image is created), the vitreous humor (the gel between the retina and the lens), and sometimes the macula (the part of the eye containing structures that control central vision and clarity of vision).  Another key abnormality of the eye to recognize when diagnosing shaken baby syndrome is traumatic retinoschisis, a condition in which the neurosensory layers of the retina split.  Traumatic retinoschisis is unique to shaken baby syndrome; it has never been recognized in any other condition suffered by infants and young children.

For more information on the physical effects of abusive head trauma or shaken baby syndrome in general, feel free to contact child injury and shaken baby syndrome lawyer Chris Keane.  Accustomed to working with the best medical experts in the field during abusive head trauma cases, he will answer all your questions for free, provide you with helpful resources, and help you find the medical care your child needs.  Shaken baby syndrome is a serious matter, and Chris Keane is devoted to making life better for its victims and their families.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Parents Charged After Shaken Baby Death of Infant Daughter, Evidence of Abuse in Autopsy Report

Following the death of their infant daughter, Oklahoma parents Willis Joey Lambert Jr. and Latrice Sharron Russell have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with shaking and fatally injuring the child, according to the News OK website.  The siblings of the shaken baby reported to investigators that Lambert was frustrated with his own difficultly learning how to hold the infant girl, and he confessed that he fatally shook the baby because he could not get her dressed after bath time.  According to an autopsy report, the infant died of a brain injury and had previously suffered five broken ribs.  Since Lambert was reportedly a known child abuser, Russell has been charged with failing to protect her daughter from him.

Wrongful death from shaken baby syndrome is something no child should have to suffer, and no caregiver or family member should have to live with the burden that a child’s fatal injuries may have been prevented.  As an advocate for families who have lost children due to shaken baby syndrome and other cases of injury or abuse, Chris Keane is familiar with the indescribable pain and suffering experienced after tragedy, and he expresses his deepest sympathies to the family of the young victim in this incident.  For free resources, information, and answers to any questions regarding wrongful death or shaken baby syndrome, feel free to contact Chris Keane online or by phone at 1-888-592-KIDS.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Surgeons Place Drains in Baby's Head After Instance of Shaken Baby Syndrome

A two-month old baby whose father admitted to shaking him made it through surgery yesterday, November 19, according to NBC's WOWT website.  Although the infant's grandmother reported that the surgery went well, baby Jayden Roland will remain in I.C.U. at Children's Hospital for a least a couple more days as he recovers from the trauma.  His 17-year-old father, Marcus Bass, was arrested last week and admitted to police that he shook young Jayden because he could not get the baby to stop crying.  In the incident, baby Jayden suffered traumatic injuries, creating the need for serious surgery in which doctors placed two drains inside his head to decrease pressure and swelling.  To help with high medical costs, the baby's family set up a fund in his name.

Surgery is often required after injuries from shaken baby syndrome, among other necessary treatments and invasive procedures.  Abusive head trauma (the newly suggested term for shaken baby syndrome) is extremely serious.  If you have or know a child who has suffered from abusive head trauma, do not hesitate to contact Chris Keane for important resources, answers to your questions, and help finding the best medical experts. 1-888-592-KIDS.

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Update: Shaken Baby Jayden's Surgery Successful