The family of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi have issued a statement confirming that he has been diagnosed as suffering with a Diffuse Axonal brain injury as a result of his crash during Sundays race.
Whilst a formal diagnosis can sometimes be very helpful for families in these circumstances it will be the beginning of a difficult road ahead in terms of treatment and recovery.
Facts about axonal brain injury (DAI) –
- DAI is one of the most common types of traumatic brain injury
- It can occur in every degree of severity
- The most common cause of DAI is a vehicle accident
- It is a result of the brain moving back and forth in the skull caused by a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head
- It can be difficult to detect through a CT scan
- It is treated in the same way as any type of head injury
- Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond suffered a DAI as a result of a vehicle accident in 2006
Read more from the family’s statement here