Posted on July 9, 2012 · Posted in Brain Injury

Unfortunately, this should not be a surprise to people: A girl who came out of a coma in California has had to relearn basics and seems to have a a different personality.

As the case of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords showed America,  traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims don’t usually have easy, quick recoveries.  That is so for Zoe Bernstein, 6, who was hurt in a car crash March 25 near La Costa, Calif., according to Carlsbad Patch.

Zoe’s father was driving her back in his truck to her mother’s house when he hit a light pole, Patch reported. Zoe was in the intensive care unit at Rady Children’s Hospital for a month,  and was in a coma for awhile.

When she awoke, she had to be taught almost everything — talking, eating, using the bathroom and getting dress, according to Patch. The girl now has behavioral problem and has also been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Zoe starts first grade this fall. I hope she is able to overcome the challenges resulting from her head injuries.

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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice :: 800-992-9447