Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Brain Trauma Miracles

By Jack Simony

We live in remarkable times.  It was only a blink of the eye ago when the victim of a gunshot wound through the brain would never survive, never mind recover…as doctors hope Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords just might do.  She has been responsive to basic commands.  Doctors have been able to prevent further damage from brain swelling by removing a piece of her skull, and have put her into an induced coma, which is enabling her brain to rest and, in effect, heal itself.  It is incredible to think that a bullet entered Congresswoman Gifford's brain and exited the other side, and doctors are able to report cautious optimism that she may one day return to her job, her family and her daily life.

Apparently (and, perhaps, predictably), the military is where many of the recent medical advances in the area of  head trauma due to gunshot wounds have been made. 

My thoughts remain with Congresswoman Giffords and her family, with all those recovering from Saturday’s shootings and their families, and with the loved ones of those who were killed.

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