Renown snowboarder Kody Williams will not be on the slopes at Squaw Valley or Mammoth Mountain anytime soon, but his family and friends are confident that hey will eventually recover from a traumatic brain injury. For now, the 22-year-old snowboarder known as “the pretzel” for his acrobatic moves lies in a medically-induced coma. Mr. Williams was filming […]
Researchers believe they are closing in on a surgical intervention which can permanently restore damaged cells in Traumatic Brain Injury victims. Recently, German scientists transplanted embryonic neurons into brain-damaged rats, and within a month, the animals were fully responsive and the new connections seemed to be developing normally. Although the potential is there, these treatments can be costly. As attorney Sherwin Arzani tells us, “a brain injury victim will still need to extensive therapy that comes at a great cost.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
At this point, “dead brain cells do not regenerate” is the medical equivalent of death and taxes, because there is simply no way for the estimated 1.7 million people who suffer TBIs every year to fully regain lost function. Part of the problem is that these injuries are often misdiagnosed, because doctors sometimes ascribe confusion to early-onset dementia and not all victims react the same way (e.g. some are completely unconscious while others remain semi-conscious).
Regardless of the underlying cause, ships sink, trains wreck, and planes crash, so why do cars have accidents? Several advocacy groups want to change that mentality regarding car accidents. Amy Cohen, a co-founder of the New York-based Families for Safe Streets organization, points out that “accident” implies that the incident was completely unforeseeable and unavoidable. […]