By Rob Lewis
He's just 6 years old, but he faces some of the toughest obstacles anyone of any age can face in life. The boy lives with his family about 300 miles northwest of Covington in the Chicago area.
With presidential politics in full swing though the election is more than a year away, one of the topics that might get more attention over coming days is medical malpractice. Several candidates have expressed their support for revamping the system and putting caps on compensation.
In the United States, prenatal care has become a huge part of the pregnancy process. From special vitamins to regular checkups with a woman's doctor, prenatal care is designed to diagnose and prevent potentially serious health problems from developing and causing harm to the mother and/or child. In some cases, doctors may even discuss the option of performing a cesarean section as a way to increase a child's survival and to decrease injuries.
She used to run marathons and she used to be a fitness instructor and a teacher. Like virtually every adult, she used to walk and talk and feed herself and dress herself. But those days are gone.
When a person is in a coma or has suffered a serious brain injury, the medical team might assess the patient's condition. The Glasgow Coma Scale is one tool that can be used to assess patients. This scale provides a score of 3 to 15, which indicates the person's prognosis.
Last week, we discussed some of the effects of brain injuries. If you recall, those effects can be long lasting, life altering and very serious. What some of our readers might not realize is that the effects of a brain injury aren't always apparent right away. In some cases, the effects of the injury might not show up for weeks or months after the injury occurs. That can make life even more challenging after a brain injury.
Brain injuries can affect every aspect of a person's life. While many people might focus on the cognitive and physical effects of a brain injury, some brain injury victims might also suffer from emotional effects of the injury. All of these effects can come together to cause dramatic changes in the victim's life. Additionally, they can also cause dramatic changes for their loved ones. Understanding some points about how the brain injury can affect each of these areas might help those coping with a brain injury.
When patients go into to have an outpatient procedure, they are putting their life in the hands of the doctor. They are trusting that the doctor will do what needs to be done and only what was agreed upon and consented to prior to the start of the procedure. When things go wrong for any reason during an outpatient procedure, it can spell disaster for the patient. Our Kentucky readers who enjoyed Joan Rivers' comedy might find the details surrounding her death rather troubling.