Received the news today after a family member had a severe head trauma-motorcycle accident on Saturday, 7 days later we have had no response with eye opening, response to stimuli is decrebrate posturing, unequal pupils. The news from the the doc was if he does survivie the most we should expect is a "permanent vegatative state". They no longer are considering the feeding tube discussed earlier and presented that the family may want to consider removing the life support and work on comfort meaures.
Doc told us it could be minutes to days once removed as he could begin breathing on his own and 52 year old body is perfectly healthy.
I have been out of hospital nursing for 10 years, and neuro was not my speciality, need some updates and guidance from your experience.
This man was full of life and we know he does not want to be vegatative or alive just smiling and not being able to active in his families lives as just a bystanding. He has made this very very clear through life.
With the updates of medicine, if he is not brain dead because he could progress to a vegatative state as a max we are told, would we be able to donate organs if we wish to remove life support. We are in Connecticut.
It has been 7 days, if he has not opened his eyes by now, do you think he will in the next week or two?
Does the eye opening occur as the injury progresses spontaneously and he loses more control or the brain dies more? We are hoping he will not, as if we have to make the end of life decision, he has younger children and we feel opening his eyes gives them false hopes of an upcoming miracle, this is how they felt when he started to posture to stimulus . Very sad.
Thank you neuro and ICU folks for your feedback.