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Friend ejected from car. She had a craniotomy for brain swelling/bleeding, but is still unresponsive. Prognosis?

Drunk driver rear-ended her going over 100 mph. She was wearing a seatbelt, still ejected. Broken spine, brain swelling/bleeding, had a craniotomy, and is still not responsive. What does this mean?

Related Topics: Drinking, Brain, Spine, Craniotomy, Swelling

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Her prognosis would be unclear at this time. Not knowing the details and findings of her scans (CT, MRI, etc.) and her neurosurgeon's assessments, there is really no way to guess at an outcome. The fact that she survived to go this far is really a miracle, so since this is a season of miracles, you can sincerely wish for a complete recovery in time. How long? That also could not be determined. The brain has a remarkable way of healing itself if the damage is not extensive.

I am sure that the family has been well-informed, so you may want to talk with a family member for more details. Go visit her if you can. Sometimes, the voice of a dear friend can be excellent medicine, too.

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