Claim: Energy-drink consumption caused man to lose part of skull

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A woman has claimed that due to her husband’s “excessive energy drink consumption,” a brain hemorrhage led to multiple surgeries and the loss of part of his skull.

Brianna, who did not reveal her last name, wrote on a now-removed Facebook page that her husband, Austin, had begun consuming the energy drinks “when he started working longer hours and commuting,” according to reports.

One morning, while planning for the birth of their baby, she was alerted to a medical emergency.

“I still remember my mother in law waking me up that morning. ‘Austin had an accident’ she said. All I knew was that my husband was in the hospital. The worst part? I didn’t know why,” Brianna reportedly wrote.

Brianna said Austin suffered a severe medical complication that doctors blamed on energy drinks.

“After a two hour drive to the hospital, I learned that my husband, the father of my child, the person I am so deeply in love with, had had a brain hemorrhage. Why? The doctors concluded (after running his tox screen and ruling out drugs) that this horrible event was due to his recent excessive energy drink consumption (a habit he had built when he started working longer hours and commuting).”

Austin underwent a life-saving procedure, and Brianna reports an “agonizing 5-hour wait” before she and his parents could see him. The next day, Brianna said he had a second round of brain surgery.

“Following this were strokes, seizures, swelling, and more things we weren’t prepared for,” 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,” Brianna reported.

In the emotional post, she described her sense of despair, knowing she had to face delivering her baby without its father. After two weeks, Austin was still not out of the hospital and was absent when she delivered. He did wake up for the first time, post-surgery, the day their son was born, however. But, for approximately a week after her husband awoke, the new mother was unable to see him.

Following this, he underwent a series of surgeries across the state and was eventually able to return home.

“Our life isn’t normal,” Brianna reported. “There are doctors visits and hospital trips- so many that I loose [sic] count.”

“I wake up every day to take care of our beautiful little boy and my husband,” she continued. “I prepare the meals, do physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I help him with personal hygiene. I help him walk. I help him with every aspect of his life. And in between these tasks I take care of our very busy eight month old.”

Brianna says they are “fighting to help him recover” and to make his life better, and that she persists out of love and devotion for her husband.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the potential health effects of energy drinks include serious medical conditions such as seizures and strokes.

“Caffeine has powerful effects on many of our vital organs – particularly the cardiac and nervous systems. After drinking an energy drink, heart rate increases, blood vessels stiffen and your blood may become thicker; all changes that can precipitate a heart attack or stroke in those who are at risk. A recent study suggests that the other ingredients, such as taurine, may significantly increase heart rate and blood pressure, as well as risk for heart rhythm problems independent of caffeine content. These drinks can also cause periods of anxiety, changes in sleep patterns and mood swings – particularly in children and adolescents. Energy drinks have also been associated with serious complications including seizures, stoke and sudden cardiac death.” 

They report that from a medical standpoint, there is no nutritional value to energy drinks and they should be avoided.

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