Improve recovery from severe brain injury!
The Maastricht UMC+ intensive care unit is home to many patients with severe brain injury, for example, due to an accident on the street that results in a bruised brain leading to a coma. Despite the intensive treatment, more than 60% of the patients leave the hospital with major disabilities. And for more than 25 years, there has been no progress in the treatment of severe acute brain injury.
Researcher Jeanette Tas explains
Jeanette: “As a clinical technologist, I think it is important to improve the recovery of patients with brain injury. Together with the doctors and intensive care nurses—including neurologist-intensivist Marcel Aries—I work on this day and night. Now there is a new treatment, with which we can better adjust the blood flow to the bruised brain. As a result, more brain cells are expected to recover during the initial period. And the more cells that heal, the less likely it is that the patient will become disabled. Every brain cell counts!”
“Brain damage can happen to anyone”
“We are busy researching the new treatment. The research itself is almost finished. But for the analysis of the results, at least 10,000 euros of additional funding is needed. That is why we are asking for your support. Only with your help can we make a difference! And perhaps this research will also be important for you or your loved ones in the future. Brain injury can happen to anyone. Every year, around 130,000 Dutch people experience it. And this number is growing, so research is badly needed now.”
Support the research of Jeanette and Marcel
In my spare time, I run marathons and work for the HersenStrijd Fonds [Brain Fight Fund] of Marcel Aries and in the intensive care unit. This gave me the idea to set a top time for HersenStrijd and this research in the Meerssen half marathon on Sunday, 6 October 2019. During this event, I will walk with equipment that we use to monitor patients with brain injury. What is special about this is that we suspect similarities between my effort in the half marathon and the effort of our patients in the hospital. And you, too, can make an effort. Walk with us or donate to our research!
Every brain cell counts—every donation counts.
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