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What is a hypoxic brain injury?

A hypoxic brain injury is a loss of oxygen to brain which is as a result of the brain being deprived of oxygen which can lead to catastrophic brain injury. There are a number of circumstances where a brain injury of this kind can occur such as drowning, choking, cardiac arrest, a stroke, suffocation, surgical complications or carbon monoxide poisoning. It can also occur during labour or shortly after birth. Cerebral palsy is the most common result of a hypoxic brain injury.

Hypoxic brain injuries can occur due to complications of an injury such as when an airway is blocked or obstructed which prevents oxygen from circulating.

What are the effects of a hypoxic brain injury?

Sometimes the injury is not immediate and can often take hours or days to show symptoms. These injuries could be the result of bleeding, bruising or swelling in the brain, or because blood clots have developed.

Individuals may experience:

More severe symptoms may include seizure, coma and, in some cases, brain death.

Where hypoxia is due to the mismanagement of a mother in labour which results in a brain injured child, the full extent of the effects in terms of likely levels of communication, mobility, independence, educational potential and life expectancy, may not be realised for many years.

You or a family member or friend can contact us on 03700 868 686 to arrange an immediate visit so we can discuss your situation and offer our specialist help.

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