Monday, August 16, 2010

Pembroke man has miracle brain injury recovery, but now faces rape trial

Brain injuries from a boat accident left Sean Ebert unable to walk, talk or feed himself. That was 15 years ago, when the 10-year-old from Pembroke arrived at Boston City Hospital with a fractured skull and a broken collarbone, in severe shock and bleeding from both ears.
Doctors had to induce a coma, and for several heart-wrenching days, his family waited. Then Ebert awoke.
What followed over the next year was what many called a miraculous recovery, chronicled by The Patriot Ledger at the time. Ebert regained control of his body and returned to

Quantcast advertisement Home : News : Region Martin County : Rob Gangi returns home following accident

Rob Gangi has a full calendar these days.
There are the concerts with his son, Nicholas, the lunches with friends and possibly a skydiving trip sometime in his future.
Gangi also has plenty of work ahead of him as a volunteer with Honor Flight.  The organization flies veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their war memorials.
Just eight months ago, doctors weren't sure Gangi would even live, much less lead a full life.
On December 26, Gangi was riding a Ripstick, which is similar to a skateboard, at his parents' house in North Carolina.
Gangi fell, hitting his head so hard doctors weren't sure he'd survive.
His neurologist said if Gangi did survive, he'd probably never walk or talk again...Next

Human meridian

2010年8月10日 星期二


With aging of people in the society and the tendency of the onset of erebrovascular disease(CVD)becoming earlier in age,the incidence of CVDis increasing year after year.In addition to sensory and motor dysfunction of extremities,speech disorder is one of the complications of CVDfrequently encountered.Domestic evidence has shown that 25 of the patients suffering fromCVDare complicated with speech disorder,including aphasia,dysarthria,apraxia of speech,among which motor aphasia is

Symptoms of Child Aphasia

Aphasia occurs after some parts of the brain responsible for language are damaged. In most cases, this damage involves the left side of the brain. This results in impairment in language production or understanding and can affect both written and spoken language. A person is not born with aphasia. Usually, this disorder occurs suddenly as a result of a head injury, but can also happen slowly in patients with brain tumors or as a result of an infection, such as encephalitis. Most aphasia patients are middle aged or older, but anyone can get this disorder including children. The younger the patient, the better the prognosis after aphasia typically is. The symptoms of aphasia vary significantly depending on the size and location of the damage inflicted on the brain.

Trouble Understanding Speech

The main problem many aphasia patients have is that they do not understand spoken or written language. Typically, in these situations, the person suffers from fluent aphasia, which is also called Wernicke's aphasia. It is usually caused by damage to the left temporal lobe. The speech of a patient may have no meaning as she adds unnecessary words to her sentences and often comes up with made-up words. Typically, a child is not aware of his difficulties and may.....Next

Words Are More Like Cats Than Dogs

Aphasia is an acquired communications disorder usually as a result of a stroke or a brain injury. It strikes approximately 100,000 Americans each year. It is more prevalent than Parkinson’s disease, but fewer people are aware of it, and fewer still familiar with it. It affects different people differently.

In my case, I have difficulty in remembering words on call, and in following arguments and directions, especially verbally. I need to see something in writing to be able to digest it slowly. For someone whose life revolved around the use of words and arguments this has been difficult. The following essay is my attempt to describe what it’s like trying to work with words and arguments suffering with a

Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Sc.D