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Nearly a dozen members of a police SWAT team in western Colorado punched a hole in the front door and invaded a family's home with guns drawn, demanding that an 11-year-old boy who had had an accidental fall accompany them to the hospital, on the order of Garfield County Magistrate Lain Leoniak.
Originally posted by zerotime
As a husband who's wife works for a Children's Hospital I know that any child who has a head injury should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible. It sucks that these people did not have health insurance and did not want a lot of medical bills, but you have a child and it is your responsibility to maintain the health and wellbeing of that child regardless of money issues.
The kid was lucky in this case but so many children die from falls like this one. The brain swells, blood cots develop, etc. Everything might seem fine but internal damage cannot always be diagnosed by how the patient is acting. Everything might seem fine at first and then the patient passes out, goes into a coma, suffers brain damage, dies.
Originally posted by RogerT
You're kidding right?!
When I was growing up, if you bumped your head, you cried a bit, got some witch hazel rubbed on it, and then went back to playing.
A traumatically brain injured individuals may appear normal and fine on the surface and not exhibit obvious signs of a head injury, An individual may have a complete medical recovery from the physical symptoms and yet continue to endure some lingering (and chronic) functional problems (e.g., reasoning, problem-solving or memory capabilities) in his or her attempt to resume normal life. It is important to remember that symptoms vary in type and severity, depending on the degree of the injury and the portion of the brain involved.
If you haven’t already had a child with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in your classes, chances are you will before you end your teaching career. Approximately 1 million children and adolescents receive a head injury each year. Of these injuries, 16,000 - 20,000 will be serious enough to cause lasting effects, and one in 500 will be severe enough to cause hospitalization.
Every year hundreds of thousands of American children die from head wounds that they have received in car accidents and falls, or from gun shots or being shaken, struck or thrown. No fewer than 1,000,000 are head-injured each year. Traumatic Brain Injury is called The Silent Epidemic because so many cases go undetected