The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a Chicago-area teen who died after suffering a serious brain injury in a Chicago Heights car accident last week has helped to save the lives of others. The teen’s family donated her organs, giving hope to others who are suffering from serious medical conditions. According to the article, the 16-year-old was involved in a serious car crash while riding as a passenger in her boyfriend’s truck on May 31. A report from the Sun-Times from June 1 notes that there was a sudden downpour while they were driving in unincorporated Cook County. This report notes that the victim’s boyfriend’s truck fishtailed and hydroplaned as a result of the downpour, eventually moving into oncoming traffic where it was hit by another car. The girl was hospitalized in critical condition for a week before she passed away from her brain injury.
According to the CDC, over 1.7 million people suffer a brain injury each year and of these incidents, 52,000 people die from their injury. Traumatic brain injuries are most commonly caused in vehicle accidents, falls or in sports when a sudden impact or severe blow to one’s head occurs. The CDC also notes that car and trucking accidents are the leading cause of brain injury deaths. Brain trauma ranges in severity, but can often cause physical and cognitive deficits and victims often must endure lifelong medical treatment. To learn more about the rate and causes of traumatic brain injury, click on the link.