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Illinois mom says negligence led to her son’s brain injuries

It’s a fact of life. When kids play contact sports, injuries can occur. The risk of becoming injured is why athletes – whether they’re professional baseball players or high school football players – don protective gear. Nothing, of course, completely eliminates the risk of injury, but wearing protective gear greatly diminishes it. Shenai McLorn believes that her son Demond’s football coach, Darren Sunkett, ignored the potential for injury by providing her son with a defective football helmet and ordering him to play without protective gear. As a result, Demond experienced a number of seizures and strokes while sitting on the ... Read More

Teenager’s miraculous comeback provides hope for TBI patients

Seventeen-year-old Aaron Bullock, an Oklahoma resident, was critically injured in an ATV accident in 2005. The boy was riding an ATV at the home of his friend’s grandparents when the accident occurred. Sadly, Bullock was not wearing a helmet at the time. Among other injuries, including a broken leg, Bullock suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that left him comatose for more than 2 months. When he emerged from the coma, it was clear that the TBI had a devastating impact on Bullock’s eyesight, mental abilities, and muscle control. Doctors weren’t optimistic about his recovery. When he was well ... Read More

Lack of awareness, resources haunt brain injury victims

Like everyone whose life has been altered by a traumatic brain injury, Carol Stanley sought answers and needed help. Her son Jason was 19 years old when he suffered from a TBI after being assaulted by three other men in Auburn, Alabama. Despite being shuffled between 3 hospitals and examined by a multitude of doctors, Jason wasn’t diagnosed with TBI until weeks after his injury. He was x-rayed and treated for other injuries, including a fractured skull and jaw, loss of hearing, nausea and imbalance. His most serious injury, however, went undetected and untreated. Weeks after being released from the ICU ... Read More

Research suggests brain injuries may shorten lives

Recent clinical studies indicate that people who received a traumatic brain injury in the past may be at risk of dying earlier from complications resulting from the injury, according to a report published by ABC News. The report cites a 2007 study of 767 traumatic brain injury patients in the UK. Research published in the Oxford journal Brain indicated that TBI sufferers were twice as likely to die as the general population seven years after their injury. Results of a similar study that monitored 2,178 patients in 2004 and released by the Institute of Medicine showed that people with moderate to ... Read More

years after accident, TBI victim suffers but hasn’t lost her spirit

On July 10, 2002, Susan Riddle was driving with her family when a drunk driver’s SUV landed on her windshield. Riddle’s husband and son emerged from the vehicle unharmed, but Susan was not as fortunate. Kent Riddle had to perform CPR on his wife as he waited for help to arrive. Having sustained a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the crash, Susan would spend weeks in a coma, months in a hospital, and years in rehabilitation. Her fascinating story was told in BE Healthy magazine. Riddle’s experience illustrates how the symptoms of TBI can vary dramatically between victims, depending ... Read More

Birmingham hospital leads Alabama in pediatric brain injury care

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and Children’s Hospital will be named as a “Lead Center of Excellence” by the Sarah Jane Brain Project, a national organization devoted to expanding research and awareness of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (PTBI), which is the leading cause of death and disability for children 15 years old and younger. PTBI is to blame for 5,000 deaths and about one million hospitalizations every year. Of the pediatric patients hospitalized for PTBI, 17,000 result in permanent disabilities. The Sarah Jane Brain Project is actively building a network of hospitals and research clinics across the country as ... Read More

UCLA study examines lasting effects of severe TBI in children

What is the most common cause of death and disability for children and adolescents? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the answer is traumatic brain injury (TBI). Researchers are now finding that for those children who survive a blow to the head or even sustain a mild concussion, the effects of TBI can persist for years. Because the brains of children and adolescents are in the developmental stages, TBI can impede proper mental development, leading to psychological disabilities or a combination of mental disabilities. According to two UCLA professors who quantified nearly 20 years of data from TBI studies, ... Read More

Traumatic brain injuries become a priority in U.S. military

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are being taken much more seriously in the U.S. armed forces now than ever. Doctors and scientists estimate that as many as twenty percent of troops returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form and degree of TBI, ranging from blast related concussions to blunt force trauma and penetrating wounds. Because the brain is the human body’s most complex and least understood organ, brain injuries have historically eluded diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, our understanding of TBI, the “signature injury” of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is rapidly improving. Members of the Air Force, Army, ... Read More

Traumatic brain injury: Jason’s story part five

Last month we shared the story of Jason Stanley, an Auburn University student who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI)when three other men ambushed and maliciously attacked him in an alleyway. Jason lost consciousness after falling and hitting his head on the concrete pavement, yet one of the assailants continued to kick him in the face, according to a witness. The attack left Jason with a spectrum of physical and psychological problems – a fractured skull, severed nerves, loss of hearing, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, anger, depression – all symptoms of a TBI that took doctors days to discover. Many people ... Read More

Parents of Yamaha Rhino victim happy about ‘recall’

On April 1, the day that Yamaha Motor Co. announced its “voluntary repair campaign” for its Rhino UTVs, John and Tammy Sand received a phone call from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission thanking them for their efforts in raising awareness about the dangers of the off-road vehicles. The Sands lost their 10-year-old daughter Ellie when the Rhino she was a passenger in rolled over, crushing her head between the ground and the vehicle’s unpadded roll cage. The accident occurred when the driver, traveling at 15 mph on flat terrain, attempted to make a right turn. Ellie suffered a massive ... Read More