KET investigates brain injury
Monday, March 29, 2010
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for people under 24, and the rates in Kentucky are double that of the national average. Gray Matters: The Silent Epidemic of Brain Injury examines major causes of brain injury, meets families coping with the brain injury of a loved one, and looks at the resources available for brain injury victims in the Commonwealth. The program, hosted by Renee Shaw, airs Tuesday, March 30 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET.
In this special presentation marking Brain Injury Awareness Month, guests discuss the high rates of brain injury in the state and the daily struggles of families affected by brain injury. The program also explores the main causes of brain injury in the Commonwealth, including vehicle crashes, equine and farm equipment accidents, and trauma from military combat.
Guests include Melinda Mast, executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky; Patty Tarvin and her daughter Shanna (pictured), who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident when she was 18; Tim Johns and his son TK, who injured his brain in a snowboarding accident when he was 26; and Linda Brashears, whose brain injury was caused by percussive waves from heavy mortar blasts to her military unit in Iraq.