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Documentary about brain injury offered

The Coordinator of Sun Country Health Region’s Acquired Brain Injury Program (ABI) is pleased to invite the public to view a documentary about brain injury.

The documentary is called Coma. It follows four patients with a traumatic brain injury through their treatment and varying degrees of recovery at the Center for Head Injuries at JFK Medical Centre in New Jersey.

“The documentary is of value to professionals, families and individuals with brain injuries,” says Paula Ealey, ABI Coordinator.

“It will help them to understand that in an instant, lives are changed forever.”

The director and producer of the documentary, Liz Garbus says ''There's so much misconception out there. On TV, people sort of wake up and regain their faculties and keep going. It's a very unrealistic depiction of what happens after you have been in a coma for a period of time.''

Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Health for Sun Country Health Region, says attendance at the documentary will be useful for an appreciation of the challenges of an acquired brain injury and the recovery process.

“This documentary is timely, particularly now that the NHL review of head shots, she says.

Hospitalization due to brain injury in Saskatchewan is 2500 people per year, about five people injured daily.

The two-hour documentary will be shown using the Telehealth system.

It will be shown Monday, March 29, 2010 from 1-3 p.m. in the telehealth room in the following facilities:

Arcola Health Centre;   Tatagwa View Chapel, Weyburn; Bengough Health Centre; Weyburn General Hospital; Coronach Health Centre; Kipling Health Centre; Gainsborough Health Centre; Galloway Health Centre; Redvers Health Centre; Wawota Health Centre;

South Conference Room, Community Health Service Building, Weyburn; St. Joseph’s Hospital Telehealth and the Renal Unit.

There is no charge for attendance.


Media: For more information, please call Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, Sun Country Health Region 842- 8353. Posted March 22.

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