Anytime someone undergoes a medical procedure where anesthesia is used there is a certain element of risk. People are usually warned of this before going into the surgery. This is especially true if the patient is a child. Everyone has seen that viral internet video “David After Dentist” where a boy says all kinds of crazy things after a dental procedure. He’s clearly experiencing a bit of confusion as a result of the anesthesia. Although this video is a funny example of what can happen, truly waking up with confusion after a surgical procedure might be a serious situation. It can be the result of damage known as Anoxia or Hypoxia caused by a doctor's error. In some extreme cases, the child can actually pass away due to the complications.
The Difference Between Anoxia and Hypoxia
Anoxia is where damage occurs due to lack of oxygen to the brain during a procedure. Hypoxia is low oxygen going to the brain. Obviously, the difference is that Anoxia can be more serious, though both can cause traumatic brain injury in a very young patient. The brain itself will begin to die after as little as four minutes of low or zero oxygen levels. Some of these cases lead the patient into a coma or even death.
Some Of The Signs To Watch Out For
If you are monitoring a child after surgery, there are some signs you should look for. Mt. Sinai Medical Center says to keep an eye out for confusion, poor balance, headaches, and mood changes. Seizures and loss of consciousness can also occur. Either way, you should immediately call 911 if you are at home, and your child is suddenly experiencing some of these warning signs. It’s better to be safe than sorry when the health of your child is concerned.
When The Damage Is Already Done
When you know someone who has experienced traumatic brain injury or even death as the result of a hospital’s malpractice, you should contact one of Ross Feller Casey’s experienced doctors for a free consultation to determine if you have a case. Our firm operates on a contingency basis so there will never be a charge until a financial recovery is made in your case.