Duct Tape for the Brain; December 2008/January 2009; Scientific American Mind; by Lucas Laursen; 4 Page(s)
Kirsten Timmons was navigating
a frozen overpass one night when
a passing car skidded out of control
and slammed into her vehicle. As her car came to a stop, Timmons¿s head probably snapped around its own axis, decelerating sharply when it struck the seat-belt holder next to her.
The impact produced a severe traumatic brain
injury (TBI), knocking Timmons out and setting
the stage for lasting brain damage. Luckily for her,
emergency services rushed her to the hospital within
an hour of the crash, greatly boosting her chances
of survival. Prompt medical attention can, for
example, prevent dangerous pressure buildup in the
brain, remove perilous blood clots and thwart other
life-threatening consequences of severe TBI.