After Brain Injury, Woman’s Skull Stored in Her Stomach

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 8:00am by

One woman’s remarkable recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) spotlights not only the danger of such an injury but also the importance of quick action and medical treatment as soon as possible. Jamie Hilton was on a fishing trip when she slipped and fell 12 feet, hitting her head. She was immediately taken to the hospital, where doctors had to remove part of her skull to relieve the pressure from her brain swelling.

Doctors did not know how long it would take for Hilton’s swelling to go down, so they stored the removed skull in her abdomen to keep it clean and viable for replacement, a procedure called a hemicraniectomy. Had the doctors not removed that part of her skull to allow the brain to swell, she could have suffered severe brain damage or death.

Weeks later, doctors removed the piece of her skull and reattached it, and Hilton continues to recover. Quick thinking and immediate medical attention almost certainly saved this woman’s life. If you or someone you know suffers a head injury, seek medical attention immediately to rule out a life-threatening TBI. Every brain injury is unique, and symptoms may not show up immediately.

If you have suffered a serious injury as the result of a fall, motor vehicle accident or other cause, contact a Bronx and Brooklyn injury lawyer today. We offer free consultations to discuss your rights and options, and you can reach us by phone at (877) 945-3783.


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