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A national brain injury crisis

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Chris Bryant (Rhondda, Lab) and chair of the debate opened the session by outlining the obvious and more hidden forms of brain injury.

“Sometimes a brain injury is really obvious – where the skull has been fractured or penetrated—but often the sheer force of the soft tissue colliding at speed against the hard inside of the skull bruises the brain, leading to a contusion or a haemorrhage that is outwardly invisible.

“Injuries can also be caused by stroke, tumours, infection, carbon monoxide exposure and hypoxia—oxygen starvation. These are hidden injuries with complex and fluctuating life-changing effects that strike close to the heart of what it is to be human, to be conscious, to be alive and, in many cases, to want to be alive.”

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