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Can a person recover from an anoxic brain injury

By March 30, 2010 - 9:48pm
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My sister has a heart disorder called "Long QT Syndrome" which caused her to go into cardiac arrest that resulted in her having brain damage,.

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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I am truly sorry for your loss, and I am sure that God has wrapped his arms around you and your family. I have a 23 year old son who has anoxic brain injury from a drug overdose. He was left un-responsive and was without oxegen for at-least 15 minutes. I am not going to lose the faith that God brought him back for a reason and I cherish each day I have with him. Again I am so very sorry for your loss, and I will pray for your family.

September 20, 2019 - 3:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Do not give up hope!! My sister is in a long term facility as well with anoxic brain injury, and we are not giving up, even thought the doctors have!

November 16, 2017 - 8:45am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

Thank you for sharing your story with us - what a horrific thing to happen. We wish you all the best.

October 17, 2017 - 1:49pm
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My son, 27, had an anoxic brain injury on June 30, 2017. We were told he would most likely be vegetative for the rest of his life with little chance of ever being off life support. They don't know how long he was without oxygen or little oxygen, but the damage is there. The extent is hard to determine. They did an EEG & CTScan. We chose not to pull the plug on him even though we felt like the doctors were encouraging us to do. We have our faith that God is in control and I know my son is a fighter and would want a chance to live his life, even if it is a long road to recovery. He showed me little signs in the ICU. I am thankful to say that he is breathing now on his own. He was moved out of ICU after 14 days . He started tracking with his eyes and now he smiles, and shows a lot of expression. 3 weeks out of ICU he was sitting in a wheelchair for a couple of hours a day & in PT he was following some commands like kicking with his left foot when asked. We have had a difficult past 7 weeks though because he started "sympathetic storming" or "Neuro storming". He wasn't even diagnosed for 2 weeks after it started even though he had all the visible signs and was in extreme pain. I was the one that told the doctor I believe this is what is going on after a night nurse mentioned that she thought he might be storming but didn't know a lot about it. I immediately went to the Internet and learned all I could and brought it to the doctors attention the next day. To make a long story short, it has been rough! The continuity of care has been terrible!!! They finally have attempted to manage his condition in a proper way after I wrote a email to the CMO. They were just going to discharge him. Then I wrote the letter about our experience there.
My question is to anyone out there that has experienced or has been through the storming with their loved one. I would like to know if they are still dealing with it, or did it subside, or go away? I have been told it will slow down or go away, but he can't move forward while it's happening to often. We trust God is in control, but I want to make sure I am doing my part and doing everything possible to help in his healing. The hospital is planning to discharge him now in 2 weeks and we will be bringing him home w/private nursing help. I couldn't in good concious put him in a nursing/ rehab facility since they told me honestly that they can't guarantee he would be checked on more than every 2 hrs. With the storming in play that is completely unacceptable. He can't talk or move his limbs well. He has a trach & feeding tube. He would suffer there and his condition would get worse. I know he will be happier at home with more attention and love from family, and I know he will get his medications to control or lessen the storming on time. This has been a big challenge in the hospital. Sometimes I think they are causing more harm than good at this point. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help! ❤️

October 11, 2017 - 8:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

So sorry you are experiencing these symptoms. How is your son now. My son had some storming faith eventually subsided

May 5, 2018 - 7:41am
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Our foster daughter was drowned at 7 weeks by her mom. When EMTs arrived it took 20 minutes to get a pulse and intubate her causing an anoxic brain injury. Dr.s said she was brain dead and wanted to turn off her ventilator. Her bio father refused to let them cause as long as she was alive his girlfriend couldn't be charged for murder only child abuse. She had to be transferred to a ventilator hospital where she was givin no hope. She lay for 2yrs and one day someone saw her eyes move and eventually follow people across the room. Not long after that she began breathing over the vent. After it was removed she could no longer be a patient there. That's what brought her into our foster home. With a trach and a gtube. They told us she would probably be a vegetable. We have had her for a year now and by the grace of God she is walking, playing, trach is gone, going to school each day, the most loving child on earth. She has lived in prayers for years. She does have some storming, sometimes has to be hospitalized but she is living proof that God is in control. Dr.s cannot predict the future.

April 3, 2018 - 10:11pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi my father had no oxygen to the brain for 15 minutes . Can u pls give some advises. Doctor says there is no hope

March 28, 2018 - 7:22am
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My 8 year old daughter had a bad asthma attack that led to pulmonary/ cardiac arrest, they estimated that she went 15-20 minutes without oxygen, medically she should have been dead but God save her. She has brain damage from her anoxic brain injury. We were in the hospital for two months, some doctors are discouraging while others prayed for her, but you must keep your faith and stay on top of your child's care. They were treating my daughter for seizures but i overheard someone mentioned storming and i looked up the meaning and my daughter had storming symptoms instead of seizures and i told the doctors right away. There's no cure for storming but you can treat the symptoms and that's what they did. My daughter is now 12 years old, she is totally dependant and non verbal with a trach, but she smiles, no oxygen breathes room air, lungs and heart strong. The doctors think that this is all that she will do but I'm still praying for my miracle. God is in control so as long as he breathes air into her body i will continue to fight with her.

February 1, 2018 - 8:59pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your testimony. Does she still storm, and if so has it become less over time? P

March 28, 2018 - 8:37am
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Hi, My son also suffered anoxic brain injury on july 22, 2017 after he hung himself. He was without Oxygen anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. He was in icu special unit 2weeks they put him in an induced coma and lowered his body temperature X 48 hours to reduce further brain damage by increasing Oxygen flow to brain by slowing other organs down. He did have storming which they used medication to keep his blood pressure and heart rate at normal levels. he went to a step down icu bed for another 2 weeks he at this point was able to follow some simple commands blink twice for yes, move fingers or toes and they had him sitting in chair for a couple hours a day to help with blood flow. But the Doctors could not tell us what his prognosis might be they didn't see a great future for him stated that if he did pull through he would need total care for the rest of his life. WE DID NOT GIVE UP!! He still had a lot of storming. He was transferred to Spaulding in Cambridge Mass. for the next 3months he was still having a lot of storming with a lot of jerking movements. It was very hard to watch and see him in so much pain. But we also were seeing progress he knew who we were could answer yes no questions and showed emotions. The Storming finally subsided after about 2months being at Cambridge. He started PT and speech therapy and OT therapy. by the time he left there he was standing and taking steps with assistance using a letter board to spell out words. he could not speak yet due to the trach. but his cognition was very in tact. He had his long term memory and seemed to remember in short term also. He came back closer to home in a long term Rehab center where he can get as much PT, OT and speech therapy on a daily basis. Its now been 6months and hes using a wheelchair by pushing with his feet he has limited use of his left arm due to weakness and toning. but can use his right arm good. he is talking more saying words spelling out whole sentences with his letter board smiling, laughing and interacting with us and others on his unit. PT states they see great potential for him to be able to walk again, but will take time.
So Please Don't Give Up, You just Never Know.

January 25, 2018 - 7:45pm
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