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What Is Anencephaly?

Using Depakote while pregnant has been linked to a wide range of birth defects, including lethal concerns such as anencephaly. As the drug affects the child in the womb, the chemicals can stunt development in various ways, and may even stop the brain or skull from fully forming. As a result, a child can be born without the entirety of his or her brain, scalp, or skull, leading to a fatal condition known as anencephaly.

Contact the Depakote birth defect attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 today if your child suffered unnecessary harm because of the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s dangerous product.

Defects Related to Anencephaly

Medical researchers are not certain as to how this defect occurs, but they have linked drugs such as Depakote to anencephalic fetuses. This defect occurs due to a neural tube defect in which the neural tube does not close during development, allowing for proper forebrain development. As a result, the child may be born with the following defects:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Inability to feel pain

Without the complex development of the brain, a child cannot survive long outside the womb. Although the child can immediately react to sensations like touch and can maintain respiratory functions, the infant cannot thrive. As a result, physicians generally offer whatever measures they can to ease the child’s suffering, but recognize that there are no treatments to increase the quality of this short life.

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If you have been prescribed Depakote and have seen your family suffer the consequences of the drug manufacturer’s mistakes, you may have grounds for legal action. For more information regarding your options and rights as a parent and a patient, contact the Depakote birth defect lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-761-3187.

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