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The Texarkana Gazette is the premier source for local news and sports in Texarkana and the surrounding Arklatex areas. This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Texarkana Gazette, Inc. Something went badly wrong when seven-year-old Jack Clayton was born, but it has how to set up a successful speed dating event a long time for his parents Kate and Stephen to prove it.

Jack Clayton is a bright seven-year-old with an impish grin who loves riding his Dartmoor pony, Harry Hoof, and playing with his four-year-old brother. He’s into cars and computers and whizzing down slides over and over again. But Jack’s future will be shaped by the fact he can’t feed, bath or dress himself and has limited speech. A wheelchair user, he still wears a nappy at night, and probably always will. Something went badly wrong when Jack was born, but it has taken a long time for his parents Kate and Stephen to prove it. They have fought for years to get an admission that Jack’s cerebral palsy was caused by oxygen starvation during his birth.

Kate, 38, a human resources administrator, was nine days overdue when she was admitted to Yeovil District Hospital. But there was one thing Kate barely noticed. The doctor who instructed that a drip be turned up again and again. Kate now knows the drip contained a drug called oxytocin. A naturally occurring hormone, the synthetic form known as Syntocinon is used routinely to kick-start or speed up labour. Gail Johnson, of the Royal College of Midwives, says it can be an invaluable tool because it acts directly on the uterus, making it contract. By slowly increasing the amount given, the frequency of contractions can be accelerated.

If the labour seems to be slow and not progressing and the woman is exhausted, this might well be an opportunity to get the contractions strong, regular and efficient,’ she says. The drug is both safe and useful, insists Patrick O’Brien of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Jack is into cars and computers and whizzing down slides over and over again. It saves lots of women from unnecessary Caesarean sections every day of the week. Under official guidelines, a woman’s contractions should not exceed three to four every ten minutes. This is crucial because during each one the blood supply carrying the baby’s vital oxygen is cut off. The danger of allowing contractions to come too rapidly is that there isn’t enough time for the baby to recover in between, and it is starved of oxygen.