On March 1, 2013, Suzanne Laboy wrote this on her blog, "Superman" — "I arrived today to find him moving his arms. I reached to his hand and he grabbed it. He pulled me to his chest and gave me a hug. He is amazing." Only two short days before, Suzanne's husband, Peter, was shot in the head during a traffic stop. Peter is a 17-year veteran of the Alexandria, Virginia police department. He was flown to Medstar Washington Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries. BrainLine is honored to feature many of Suzanne's blog posts, which are keeping friends, families, and those pulling for Peter up-to-date and inspired by the strength, courage, and love of this family and community.
"A great question is 'So you diagnose a brain injury, so what?' Currently, there are no FDA-approved therapies for acute injury to the brain other than t-PA for ischemic stroke [the intravenous drug tissue plasminogen activator that dissolves blood clots]. But the way medicine wants to go and will go is that ultimately you'll have your entire genome available to your physician and all that that one's genome can predict." In BrainLine's video "What the Future Might Hold for Treating Brain Injury," neuroscientist Dr. Ronald Hayes talks about how — in the future — doctors will be able to map a person's genome, which could help guide how treatments are developed for brain injury.
"You want your son back so bad and you want him to have a normal life. It's not going to happen all you can do is be there 100 percent." Tim Johns and his son, T.K., talk about the "peaks and valleys" they've had since T.K. sustained a severe TBI in a snowboarding crash. Watch "Gray Matters: T.K. Johns and Tim Johns," a powerful video excerpted from a project produced by Kentucky Educational Television.
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