Prematurity and Vision
Friday 3 March 2006
Gopi Menon Neonatal Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
How healthy are children who were born prematurely?
Born at just under 24 weeks, the legal abortion limit, Layla is a miracle
She has no disabilities and an above average IQ.
Nine-year-old Bright has severe cerebral palsy.
He cannot walk or talk and requires full time care from his parents.
Picture of baby on intensive care
- Cerebral palsy
- Visual impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Clumsiness and learning difficulties
- Chronic lung, bowel and kidney problems
- Short stature
- Psychosocial effects
Disability in survivors
|1. Malformation with impairment||2|
|2. Neuromotor: Unable to control head, sit, walk, use hands to feed||10|
|3. Seizures not controlled||0|
|4. Hearing impairment, severe||3|
|5. Communication: poor comprehension, poor vocalisation||2|
|6. Vision: blind/sensitive to light||0|
|7. Other major health problem||3|