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Gratitude for the smallest things

Linda Johnson had never been a patient at the hospital until an accident brought her to the Hennepin Healthcare Level I Trauma Center.

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Skull fracture causes frightening TBI — but nothing scary about seamless care

As a nurse at a local hospital, Jeanne Leach has worked with families caring for loved ones with a health emergency. On a Friday night in October, while leaving their daughter’s house, her husband, Jim, walked down the front steps, tripped over a pumpkin, and fell and hit the corner of a step and was…

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Life-saving ECMO after brain injury

Flying airplanes at heights some people can’t fathom came naturally to Brandon Johnson, but it was a fall from a golf cart that landed the fearless 34-year-old pilot and flight instructor in the hospital – fighting for his life – with a life-changing head injury. On April 27, 2019 his parents, Mary and Paul, were…

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World Delirium Awareness Day is March 11, but what exactly is delirium?

Delirium is a rapid change in brain function which affects the ability to focus attention. Often confused with dementia, delirium can fluctuate over the course of a day with periods of clarity followed by increased confusion. It is caused by many issues that patients can experience while hospitalized. Those most at risk for developing delirium…

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TBI and heart attack survivor: “I’m blessed”

Back in 2013 when he was asked to build a giant heart for a Cassadee Pope music video, Ricky Price never imagined that six years later his own heart would require a bit of reconstruction. “I had a heart attack and four stents placed in November,” the Nashville native explained during a recent visit to…

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In honor of brain injury awareness month – what to look for when you hit your head

If you’ve had a fall, a car accident, or been involved in any other event where you hit your head or could have, it’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some symptoms are present right away, but others can develop over days. Following is a list of…

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Local writer thanks and apologizes to neurosurgery team and ICU nurses

I was hospitalized September 20, 2017 after suffering from a subarachnoid ruptured aneurysm and stroke. I spent two weeks in the ICU.

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Recognizing Brain Injury

March…Longer days, warmer weather, a hint of spring in the air, and of course, Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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Brain injury research on concussions leads to neck strengthening in young athletes

Increased public awareness of the potential consequences of concussion has raised concern about the safety of youth sports.

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Serious car crash impacts family in more ways than one

Shannon Kerr was driving, with her two girls secured in the back seat. They were on their way to get a puppy. Then, something happened.

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