Welcome to the United Brachial Plexus Network, Inc. web site. We are excited about increasing the resources we provide to our community of injured and their families, as well as bring greater awareness to the general public and medical community about brachial plexus injuries.
If you are the parent of a newly injured child or are newly injured yourself, please know that although you are at the beginning of a trying and challenging journey, it is not hopeless.
You will find a great deal of information on this site to give you a better understanding of a brachial plexus injury. In addition, you will find amazing support on our forums.
If your newborn's arm is notably weak or completely paralyzed, your child may have Brachial Plexus Palsy (BPP), also known as Erb's Palsy or Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI). The cause of this injury is usually the stretching of one (or both) sides of the neck during a difficult delivery.
The Brachial Plexus is a network of nerves that go from the spinal column in the neck down to the fingers. The mildest form of this injury is when the nerves have been stretched. When the nerves are torn (ruptured) or pulled out of their spinal "socket" (avulsed), surgical intervention may be the only hope to regain function of the arm.
Paul Fejtek has been named the Most Inspirational Athlete in 2010 by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).
Mr. Fejtek was born with Brachial Plexus Palsy, paralysis of the arm due to an injury at birth to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves originating in the upper spine. He says his mother was a "great motivator" who instilled in him the attitude "to live his life to the fullest."
With his wife, Denise, Paul recently stood 29,029 feet above sea level, at the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world. This was the culmination of a goal to climb the highest summit on each of the world's seven continents while raising funds for CAF.
"Climbing the seven summits will hopefully inspire others to go after their dreams, no matter how big their obstacles may be," Mr. Fejtek said. "Sports can invigorate the human spirit, especially within those individuals with physical challenges."
UBPN is pleased and excited to announce the availability of broadcast-ready public service announcements for download in mp3 format.
Thanks to Julie Lloyd, a member of our UBPN community, UBPN was able to have our long-available print PSAs put into recorded format.
And now, thanks to the time and talents of Piper Phynnie, of K-Bear 101 in Idaho Falls, ID, they are available for radio stations and our community.
We hope you will take the time to contact your local radio stations and point them to our web site. You can also download the MP3 recordings yourself and forward them to your local programming director.
Click here to listen and download all the PSAs!