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Jefferson Case Essay

752 words - 4 pages

Jefferson is a six-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy and a severe seizure disorder.
“Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally. In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness” (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2009a, p. 1). Individuals may also have a higher incidence of congenital heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, and metabolic disorders. (Argosy, 2014)

Jefferson exhibits poor muscle tone and has developed well behind other children in ...view middle of the document...

Historically children with disabilities died young because they did not have the medical advancements we have today. In the 1940’s children with severe and disabilities were viewed as not being able to learn or contribute to society. They were put into intuitions, for their protection and care, but not put in with the “insane”. Jefferson would have gone into one such intuition and his parents advised to move on with their lives. Due to this attitude several organizations for children with disabilities were born.

In today society, things like brain surgery can help Jefferson with his seizures. In an article, I read a boy named Spike developed seizures at 4 years old and they were getting worse. After trying different medicines and diet, the parents decided to go with surgery. Spike’s surgery would consist of having his right front lobe removed. Possible outcomes would be Spike would have attention deficit issues and be slower in learning. Jefferson is already going through what Spike went through. Surgery might benefit Jefferson is his ability to communicate and get rid of some of the learning challenges he faces now. (Doyle, 2013)

Another article talked about a family using medical marijuana to treat their son for his seizures caused by a genetic brain defect....

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