Preventing trauma during Trauma Awareness month

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Created: May 03, 2021 06:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) - They say safety is a choice.  But prevention is key.

On Monday, in honor of Trauma Awareness month, experts from Mayo Clinic shared details on how trauma impacts people of all ages and identify ways to reduce the likelihood of trauma..

Trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals from infant to the age of 45 years across the United States.

Two doctors shared details about their personal experience of how trauma impacts people of all ages.

Sharing what it was like when their 3-year-old daughter was injured in a car crash.

Evelyn was severely injured in a car crash, even while securely restrained in her child passenger safety seat. 

Evelyn sustained injuries to her spleen and liver, intracranial hemorrhage, and pulmonary contusions, and spent the next 46 days re-learning how to roll over, sit up, eat, crawl, walk and talk again. 

"In the first hours and days we found out her injury her main injury was a brain injury just from the sheer impact of the crash and she didn't have any broken bones I don't think she had a cut or a bruise on her i mean that car seat keep her very protected," says Dr. Katie McKenzie, Primary Care physician, Olmsted Medical Center.

"After an event like this you filled with lots of questions and it's so stressful but knowing that aspect that the right steps were taken as we went through her recovery," said Dr. Kyle McKenzie, Mayo Clinic Department of Community Internal Medicine.

It's encouraged to check your car seat to make sure it's not expired and that it's the right size for your child's height and weight.


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