Man Looses Half Of His Skull After Drinking An Energy Drink.
When people consume a lot of caffeine, especially when it comes from an energy drink, they don’t necessarily stop to consider the effects that they could have on their health. Yet one man in California who suddenlly started drinking more energy drinks than usual would soon find out firsthand just how dangerous for his health those drinks really are. His wife, who was nine months pregnant when the ordeal went down, took to her Facebook to share their story as a warning to others. How exactly did such beverages damage the man’s health? Could energy drinks be that dangerous? And why did some people have trouble believing this story? Read on to find out just what happened to the man from California.
Start Of His Habit
The story and the pictures that accompanied it, first appeared on a photographer’s Facebook page, where Brianna who never revealed her surname, had told the story of her husband Austin. According to the post, which has since been deleted, the pair are from California and were expecting their second child. Her husband had started working longer hours and having to commute to work and to help him get through work, the man had turned to energy drinks to help him stay awake and alert. But soon he would find out just how much that decision could have cost him. Read on to find out what exactly happened.
The Fateful Night
At the start of her post, Brianna had said that being pregnant was supposed to have been one of the most amazing journeys that anyone will ever embark on as you are creating a new life. She also added that both she and Austin were really excited to meet their son, to bring him home so that they could be a family. Yet all this could have easily been taken away from her. The mom of one recalled that she vividly remembers her mother-in-law waking her up in the morning, telling her that Austin had an accident. She added that she knew her husband was in the hospital but for her, the worst part was not knowing the reason for it.
Rushing To Hospital
The family had rushed to the hospital to find out what had happened with their loved one and upon arrival, Brianna had quickly learned that Austin had a brain hemorrhage and that he was in a coma. To find out what had caused it doctors conducted a toxicology screening and once the results were back, they had ruled out drugs and other harmful substances. As the woman said in her post, the doctors then said that the source of the problem must have been his “excessive energy drink consumption”. Though Austin’s family didn’t get a chance to see him as by the time they got to the hospital he was already in surgery. It wasn’t until five hours later that the then-pregnant woman got to see her husband. But they weren’t out of the woods yet. Find out more on the next page.
The following day the man faced another round of brain surgery. However, as Brianna revealed, there were complications. Austin suffered from strokes, seizures, swelling, and other things that she said none of them (his family) were prepared for. Though she never specified it in her post, it most likely was during one of the surgeries that the doctors had removed part of Austin’s skull during surgeries, though a reason for it wasn’t given. And while it was a difficult time for everybody, it was even more so for Brianna who was expecting. In the post she wrote, “There was a moment, sitting by his hospital bed, just praying he would be okay, that I knew I would never give up on him. No matter how messy our life would become. I was going to be by his side through all of it."
The Big Day Is Here
Brianna had stayed by her husband’s side in the hospital for two weeks, constantly wondering if he would survive and get better or if he would be taken from them. Though after those 2 weeks the family had made their way back to their home and that was when another challenge had started for the woman. She went into labor yet there were no changes in Austin’s condition who she said was still in a coma. It was a difficult time for the woman as that is not how she imagined the day. From the start, she had planned on having Austin beside her, holding her hand. As Brianna delivered their son, she wrote that a miracle had happened because as the baby was born, her husband woke up. But would this be the end of their problems? Read on to find out.
Going To See Austin
It was about a week until the new mom was able to go see her husband and she said that was a difficult time for her. Every time she looked at their son, she cried because he looked so much like her daddy. When he was a week old, she left him with her in-laws and went to see her husband so that she could tell him that their baby was here. Though the following weeks wouldn’t be easy for this family. Besides having a newborn baby to look after, they had to take Austin all over the state as more operations and procedures were ordered. The man was still staying in the hospital and Brianna saw him any chance that she could though it wasn’t until their baby was 2 months old that he was finally able to meet his dad. It was an emotional time for the woman because as she wrote it was “a day she wasn’t sure she would get to see.”
Life Drastically Changed
It took a while but finally, the man was able to return home but since then, their lives have been altered dramatically because of the brain hemorrhage. In her Facebook post, Brianna admitted that their life isn’t normal. They have countless doctors and hospital visits, so much that she has lost count. She wakes up every day to take her off their little boy as well as her husband, who had to undergo physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. His wife needed to help him with basic tasks such as personal hygiene, helping him walk, and pretty much every other aspect of his life. She has admitted that it is hard and that she is tired but they are making the most of it. To end her post, Brianna wrote, “He isn't the same man I fell in love with, but I still fall further every day, We are fighting to help him recover. To make his life better.” But could energy drinks really be that dangerous? Find out on the next page.
Story Isn’t Real?
Despite the accompanying photos and the fact the story went viral, even being covered by some major news networks such as Fox, many people failed to believe in the story. Plus the fact that the people never had given their surnames and that the post was later deleted, was further proof for them that it was fake. Snopes, a website that often fact checks such viral stories, also pointed out that dates, locations, and other information necessary to verify the validity of the heart-wrenching story were not included. They had also pointed out that while it is plausible that the consumption of energy drinks could cause such issues it is very unlikely. Though here it is worth pointing out that maybe there had been some other medical issues or factors that the woman simply didn’t include in her post.
Can Energy Drinks Kill You?
Though surely this story has had many people thinking whether energy drinks can actually kill them. While it is extremely rare, there have been a handful of deaths linked to them, however, most came with pre-existing heart conditions, especially if they combined them with other substances. Though while it may not kill you, it can have negative effects and one of the most shocking statistics came from 2011 when it was reported that more than 20,000 ER visits in the US were related to energy drinks. Research has also found that the caffeine found in energy drinks has been linked to elevated blood pressure which in turn could lead to heart problems. Researchers had also found that frequent consumption of energy drinks was found to have a negative effect on someone’s mental health, including causing problems with anxiety and depression and even going as far as causing seizures.
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