After the initial shock of the accident wore off, the new reality of your life came crashing down around you. Your loved one suffered a brain injury, and now he or she faces a long, difficult road of recovery. The extent to which your loved one will recover is unknown.
Most people, faced with the prospect of spending 36 hours hanging out of a crashed car's window may not think of themselves as lucky. A woman from Delaware, however, understands how lucky she is; she lost control of her car, and it rolled down a hill, finally coming to rest against a tree. She was left hanging for 36 hours, until she was found by a family friend. Cold November air saved her brain from swelling, after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the crash.
According to the executive director of the Acquired Brain Injury Network, each year, more than 54,000 individuals suffer brain injuries in the state of Pennsylvania. While sometimes the injured individual recovers with little to no ill effects, other individuals are not as lucky. Two residents of Pennsylvania, who have managed to do great things for the brain injury community despite having to deal with the aftereffects of their own serious brain injuries, were recently honored. They were recognized by the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania Inc.
Two Pennsylvania researchers were chosen by the National Institutes of Health to spearhead a five-year international study to evaluate treatments for pediatric traumatic brain injury. In the United States, almost a half-million children age 14 and younger are brought to emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries. TBI is one of the leading causes of disability and death among children. The purpose of the $16.5 million study is to collect evidence in order to standardize clinical procedures and establish guidelines to improve the care of children suffering from TBI.
Each day Pennsylvania residents are injured in motor vehicle accidents. In the best situations those injuries are minor and heal quickly. In others however, they are much more serious and result in a long period of recovery. This is particularly true when the injury suffered is to someone's brain.