What is hypoxic brain injury?

Hypoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of adequate oxygen for an extended period of time.

This type of brain injury is most common before, during, or after childbirth, with statistics citing that two to four of 1,000 births result in hypoxic brain injury. Although this type of brain injury is relatively rare, it can cause permanent brain damage and even death.

Brain cells are extremely sensitive to oxygen deprivation. They will start to die within minutes if they are deprived of oxygen.

Hypoxic brain injury can be caused by events such as:

  • Drowning or near-drowning
  • Suffocation
  • Choking
  • Trauma
  • Drug overdose
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Complications of general anesthesia
  • Surgery
  • Child birth

Signs and symptoms of hypoxic brain injury vary greatly, depending on the severity of the injury, but may include:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Amnesia
  • Poor judgment
  • Inattentiveness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

Treatment depends on the primary cause of the hypoxia, but is imperative that basic life-support systems have to be installed in order to regulate the body’s processes. The recovery and rehabilitation of patents highly depend on the duration of oxygen deprivation the brain endured and on how much degeneration of brain cells occurred.
When a person suffers from a severe case of hypoxic brain injury, the prognosis obviously means the most to the victim’s family and loved ones. While any serious medical condition can lead to nervousness, anxiety, and depression, hypoxic brain injury is one of those conditions that are far from black and white. The severity of the prognosis is determined by how many minutes passed when oxygen did not flow from the blood to the brain.

Hypoxic brain injuries have a profound impact on those who have suffered them as well as their family. The personal injury attorneys at the Welebir | Tierney law firm understand this and will fight for your rights.

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