Years later, a child’s life brings warm memories
A Mother’s tribute to her son
Although the majority of children with cerebral palsy will live long, healthy lives, for some – like Brian McDonald, 21 – life is unfairly shortened. Most would agree, parents shouldn’t lose their child so early. Laura McDonald, Brian’s mother, reaches out – in her own words – to other families who have recently lost their child. While doing so, Laura pays tribute to the son who so beautifully shared his bright light.
“Some may ask, what was the purpose to his life?” she wrote. “Why did he have to be so challenged? What value did he have?” To which she responds that the people that knew Brian, know the answer. “He was physically flawed, but spiritually flawless,” she said. “We took the time to experience his grace, and through all the trials and tribulations we know that we have been living in the presence of an angel.”
To read Laura’s full tribute, visit Laura McDonald’s Tribute to Brian, Her Son
In the News
Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology are urging doctors to be on high alert for early signs of a smaller-than-average baby developing in a mother with preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. They discovered that children born smaller than usual that were also moderately preterm – between 32 to36 weeks – or very preterm – less than 31 weeks – to a mother who experienced preeclampsia are at significantly increased risk, 20 fold, of being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Among full-term babies, those born at normal size to a woman with preeclampsia didn’t appear to be at increased risk, while those born small for gestational age to a woman with preeclampsia were at an increased risk, 3 fold, says the study published July 9, 2013 in BMJ. Preeclampsia is a medical condition that presents with high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in the urine of pregnant women. For the study researchers studied 849 singleton babies with cerebral palsy and 616,658 singleton children without, who survived the neonatal period during 1996 to 2006.