Schweyer: House adopts resolution for Brain Injury Awareness Month
State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said the House adopted his resolution (H.R. 102) to designate March as Brain Injury Awareness Month in the commonwealth.
“Brain injuries greatly impact the lives of individuals who have experienced them, as well as their families and loved ones in ways that are nearly impossible to quantify. Bringing attention to these injuries, along with the measures people can take to avoid them, is very important,” Schweyer said.
The Brain Inquiry Association of Pennsylvania reports that 245,621 people are living with a brain injury, with 25,975 Pennsylvania children having a brain injury each year. Additionally, 8,612 residents across the commonwealth sustain long-term or life-long disabilities from a brain injury.
Additionally, the association reports that 49,505 people are seen in the emergency room each year following a brain injury, with an estimated 2,223 dying from their injury.
“Pennsylvania is fortunate to have a number of first-class hospitals and rehabilitation centers that offer treatment and therapy to those who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries. This resolution is also meant to recognize the miraculous work that those professionals do every day,” Schweyer said.
“We must continue ongoing research in brain injuries, as well as treatment and support for patients in recovery,” Schweyer said.