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Wisconsin woman suffers from brain injury caused by car accident

Many times victims of car accidents incur serious brain injuries. Brain injuries can have life changing consequences. A Wisconsin woman involved in a car accident can personally attest to the debilitating effect that a brain injury has had on her life.

The accident occurred on Highway 29, near the town of Richmond, just before Christmas this past December. At the time of the accident, her husband was driving the car, and she had just moved into the back seat of the vehicle in order to soothe her crying 7-month-old son. Minutes later, her husband failed to yield to an oncoming car, as he was turning left onto Shawano County MMM. Their vehicle was hit in the rear passenger section.

Although the woman probably saved the life of her son by shielding him from the impact with her body, both the woman and her son were rushed to the hospital with brain injuries. The baby's brain was bleeding from the trauma and stayed overnight in the hospital. He appears to have fully recovered from his injury. His mother, on the other hand, remained in a coma for a month after the accident.

Among her injuries was a skull fracture that injured both sides of her brain. Although her initial outlook was grim, she came out of the coma and has made great strides in recovering from her injuries. She is determined to go home soon and care for her son.

However, she still suffers several effects from the brain injuries, including speech difficulties, impairment of her ability to control her arms and legs, trouble with balance and forgetfulness. Her doctor has recommended 24-hour nursing supervision for the first year after her release from the nursing home where she has been recovering.

Most of the recovery from a brain injury will occur in the first six months after an accident. Recovery may take up to two years, and many times people never fully recover. Although it appears that this Wisconsin woman will never be able to work again, hopefully she will continue to recover from her brain injury so that she can help care for her son.

Source: Green Bay Press, "Shawano mother Heather Onesti rehabs from car crash injuries," Charles Davis, 8 May 2011

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