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At a conference on May 8, conservative spokesman Karl Rove questioned the health of Hillary Clinton, who many believe may run as the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential race. In particular, he observed that she seemed to be suffering symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). For TBI victims and their families, Mr. Rove’s questions and Mrs. Clinton’s political career should look like a beacon of hope, not shortcoming.
In late 2012, then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, suffered a fall as a result of a viral infection. She was later diagnosed with a concussion and a blood clot between her skull and her brain. Concussion is the most common form of mild TBI. It can result in a variety of symptoms including headache, dizziness, sensitivity to light and blurred vision. Most concussion victims recover quickly, but for some symptoms can continue a year later.
When she returned to work in January, she was wearing glasses containing Fresnel prisms, a device that helps treat double vision, especially for close-up viewing, by aligning the images viewed by the patient’s two eyes. Steven Galetta, a neuro-opthalmologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, explained that the blurred vision that Fresnel prisms are used to correct can be caused by TBI or blood clots.
As for Hillary’s physical condition going forward, her husband, former-President Bill Clinton, says she’s healthier than he is. This is true for many concussion sufferers. Whether they result from falls or auto accidents, most victims recover fully from mild concussions.
Even for those who do have lasting effects from TBI, Hillary’s work while recovering from the fall, including testifying before Congress regarding her role in the Benghazi attack, should be encouraging. Mrs. Clinton showed victims of TBI that they can carry on with their normal lives and do great things with the proper accommodations.
If you or someone you know suffers from TBI and needs help covering your medical bills, contact the brain injury specialists at Christensen Law for a consultation.
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