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Monday, September 25, 2006
A hole in the national consciousness
Just when you may have despaired of reading about Traumatic Brain Injury in the mainstream press, along comes USA Today with a brief but compelling piece headlined "Army explores issue of living wills as more return from war in comas":
A growing number of troops are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with severe brain damage, prompting the Army to examine whether living wills or other care directives from soldiers ought to be available to battlefield doctors.The article (as the headline implies) focuses mainly on the issue of living wills. But there's another piece, "Families bear catastrophic war wounds," to which the one above links, which treats the general issue of war-wrought TBI much more personally (emphasis added):
Army chaplain Kenneth Kaibel touched a cup of Communion wine to the lips of Spc. Ethan Biggers, who lay comatose at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A drop slipped down his throat. The soldier gagged and coughed twice as his stepmother, Cheryl Biggers, cradled him ever more closely.Think this is just a side-issue of the whole "Should we be in Iraq?" dilemma -- something that will go away once we withdraw, whether it's next month, next year, or 10 years from now? Think again. The questions raised by these casualties -- and how we treat them, individually and as a society -- will be haunting us for decades to come.
This topic is so huge to us, we've been writing about it a lot at our TBI blog. Whenever we find developments we post them, like our recent post about new military TBI software.Post a Comment
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