Time is your enemy.
24 year old Joss Badger suffered a head injury when he was 16. "I ended up catching a tire on the course which caused the dune buggy to flip um hit my head pretty hard on the pavement."
He didn't think about heading to the emergency room. I asked, how long did you wait before you actually went to a hospital? Badger answered, "It was after the first one about a month later cuz originally there was no immediate effect other than the whooziness from the concussion."
Actress Natasha Richardson also initially turned down medical treatment.
She suffered an epidural hematoma.
Neurosurgeon Tony Whitworth describes that as, "a blood clot that forms between the skull and the covering of the brain."
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Immediate treatment is essential because the longer you wait the more pressure you put on your brain preventing normal blood flow and that can have deadly consequences.
Dr. Whitworth adds, "Seem to be just fine because at this point the blood clot hasn't expanded to the point that it's causing any pressure on the brain so this patient will be up walking around talking and seemingly just fine."
What some neurologists call the "walk talk and die syndrome." Neurologist Sadat Shamim says, "When you get a bleed in your head it takes up space and pushes and pulls on the brain and unfortunately young people have very little space to compensate for that blood."
Symptoms of an epidural hemorrhage include, headache, loss of consciousness, and weakness on one side of the body.
Badger ended up with epilepsy a common side-effect of head injuries, Yeah I've pretty much accepted it now i do have the occasional seizure even on the medication."