Giants Fan Suffers TBI after Being Attacked at Game
A Giants fan is still recovering from an injury incurred over one month ago. His family worries that he won’t be able to fully recover. His injuries included traumatic brain injuries from being attacked at a Dodgers game.
The Northern California paramedic was severely beaten at a Dodgers game in April of 2011. Just one month later, his family wonders if he’ll return to normal.
The victim’s mother says that their family is trying to remain optimistic. “Today was very odd,” she says. “I was looking at his eyes to see if there was any movement, any dreaming, and there's just nothing there. He's basically gone," she cries.
In the form of possible good news, additional surgery to remove fluid from his brain was previously scheduled, but doctors decided the paramedic did not need the surgery, after all.
The family posted the update to their blog, “Today, we were given good news by [the doctor]! [He] does not need the surgery to put a shunt in at this time. They are continuing to lower one medication at a time, very slowly. Aside from this, there is no change."
The injured paramedic was attacked, along with two other victims, by two men at a Dodgers game. The two attackers kicked and punched them repeatedly while shouting expletives against the Giants. The victim written about in this article fell, slamming his head on the ground.
Authorities report that police released sketches of the attackers and are asking the public for their assistance in locating the criminals.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are often the result of the head being suddenly hit with something hard or the skull being punctured by a relatively sharp object.
The symptoms of TBI depend on the extent of the injury and can be mild, moderate, or severe and includes “headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.” More severe symptoms include, “a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.” Medical attention should be sought immediately if any of these symptoms are present after hitting your head. Hospitals in Queens and Staten Island are looking at this.
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