The Brain's Remarkable Potential for Recovery

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In the wake of the Arizona shooting, many have been amazed by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ survival, despite a gunshot wound, in which a bullet passed straight through her brain. Doctors say Rep. Giffords (D—Ariz.) is still in critical condition. But neurosurgeons see such wounds more often than we like to think. Dr. Ross Bullock, Universtiy of Miami's chief of neurotrauma at Jackson Memorial Hospital, explains how advancements in technology are making brain trauma patients more likely than ever before to survive — and maybe even have the chance to live a normal life after recovery.

Guests:

M. Ross Bullock, M.D., PH.D.

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As people move on from traumatic brain injury, often their lives change greatly and a new support structure is needed. One man reacted in a positive way to help his brother and others similarly injured to greatly improve their quality of life. Visit the website at http://inreturn.org - see the video about the organization at http://www.inreturn.org/WSJ_flash.php?osCsid=31ea37f1470076d8f270a769021cc3dd and find out more about a group that helps those with brain injuries.

Jan. 14 2011 09:02 AM
Joy Lee Connor, LMT from Columbia, SC

CranioSacral Therapy offers the potential for the rehabilative care that TBI and PTSD patients need. We need medicine to join with energy medicine to succeed in long term recovery. 5 sessions costing $500 could dramatically improve quality of life of these people.

Jan. 11 2011 09:59 AM

In August 2009, my son who was 5.5 yrs old at the time was hit broadside by a car going 40mph. He was wearing his helmet, which probably saved his life, but he suffered a TBI to the right side of his brain and had a similar operation to remove a chunk of his skull (temporarily) to allow his brain to swell. He was in a medical coma for a few days and after a few weeks he was admitted to the children's hospital for rehab and where he had further surgery to try and repair his cranial nerve as the right side of his face was paralyzed. He missed the first half of his kindergarten year, but by spring he was back playing soccer and now, as a 1st grader not only is he still one of the smartest kids in his class, but he is also one of the most athletically capable. If he was still not dealing with the facial paralysis and the deafness on that same side, one would never know he'd even been in an accident.

If you are interested in seeing pictures and video (from before the accident, right after the accident and my son today, let me know and I'll send you some links.)

Jan. 11 2011 09:40 AM

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