The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered a $2.2 million grant to the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT). The grant is to be used over a four-year span studying students in a Central Oregon Return to School program. The program serves students who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and are recovering from related brain damage.
The grant will be used in partnership with the High Desert Educational Services District (HDESD), which provides support and services for children birth to 21 years old who have a TBI. Researchers will partner with healthcare providers to assess current support models for students.
HDESD Special Programs Coordinator, Sue Hayes, says,
“Although hospitals treat children and adolescents with TBI in their initial course of recovery, it is ultimately the school system that serves as the long-term provider of services to these students.”
Grants like this one can help school staff and educators have the tools to handle the needs of students with TBI’s. The goal is to assess current models and make sure that schools are using the right tools to help students academically and personally. As students transition back to school, they need adequate support to help them fully recover.
Information about Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI is a serious type of brain injury. These injuries occur as a result of physical trauma. Sometimes TBIs are the result of trauma during or shortly after birth. Trauma to a newborn brain can be devastating, and can lead to lifelong disability or even death. TBI as a birth injury can be caused by:
- Excessive pulling during birth
- Forceps delivery injury
- Vacuum extraction injury
- Difficult delivery that causes the baby’s head to hit the pelvis repeatedly
- Dropping the infant during or after delivery
These causes can lead to serious medical conditions depending on how severe the injury is. Brain injury at birth is commonly divided into three categories:
- Mild – Includes small fracture, mild bleeding on the brain and hematoma.
- Moderate – Includes more significant skull fracture, oxygen deprivation, subdural hemorrhage and more serious bleeding.
- Severe – Includes severe subdural or intracranial hemorrhage (infant brain bleed) and severe bleeding.
Infants who suffer a TBI are at risk for developing serious medical and cognitive disorders. These birth injuries are one of the leading causes of cerebral palsy and developmental delays. Trauma to the brain can also impact brain development and may cause underdevelopment. A TBI puts infants at risk for any of these injuries, or a combination of more than one. Conditions like CP are serious, often long-term. Furthermore, depending on the cause, CP life expectancy varies.
Prognosis for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Doctors often have a hard time estimating how well an infant will recover from brain damage. That is because brain injuries are incredibly complex. Furthermore, no two infants are alike. Each child will develop and respond to treatment differently. Because TBIs can have long-lasting effects on the child, it is natural that parents are concerned about getting support and the overall prognosis.
- Will my child be delayed?
- Will my child be able to attend school?
- How will this brain injury impact his or her ability to learn?
- Does a TBI mean my child will not be independent?
- How much does caring for a child with a TBI cost?
- What can I do if my child’s injury is due to a doctor’s actions?
- Will insurance cover the cost of treatment?
These questions are certainly reasonable. Parents want what is best for their child, but when something traumatic happens, it can be difficult to know what that is.
Getting Help after a Birth Injury
If your child is suffering from a TBI and you are unsure of where to turn, Birth Injury Guide can help. We offer families support and guidance, as well as legal representation. We have a list of additional resources for families that can help find the right support for a child with brain damage.
If you believe that your child’s TBI is the result of a healthcare provider’s actions, we can also help you determine if you have an actionable birth injury compensation claim. Your family has legal rights, and we can help make sure they are upheld.
Find out more about how we can help by calling 1-877-415-6603, or request more information via our contact form. We offer every potential client a free case review, so don’t wait to get the help you need.