Baptist Health Systems explains that this injury results from oxygen deficiency to the entire brain, not just a part as with other injuries. Encephalopathy can be fatal and may occur in less than five minutes of deficiency, leading to mental retardation, delayed development, seizures, and cerebral palsy. This injury can occur during childbirth, though not limited to childbirth.

SYMPTOMS:

Mild:

  • difficulty concentrating or paying attention
  • euphoria
  • extreme lethargy
  • poor coordination
  • poor judgment

Severe:

  • comas
  • complete loss of brain stem function
  • loss of bodily functions, aside from heart function and blood pressure
  • seizures

If you are concerned that your child is suffering from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, contact the Houston birth injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. Call us today at (800) 444-5000 or fill out a confidential and free initial consultation form, which only takes a few minutes to complete.