When a person in Boston suffers a traumatic brain injury, there are numerous problems that can arise. One in particular is that the injured person falls into a coma. The mere word "coma" can strike fear into family members because its connotation indicates the possibility of extended problems, long-term care and death sooner rather than later. Since coma often happens when a person has been the victim of a head injury, it's important to know details describing it, treating it and what the prognosis over the long and short term might be.
When a person is in a coma, he or she is unconscious, but it is in a deeper state than what it generally considered being unconscious. There could be many reasons for this, and one frequent cause is a head injury. The person may be able to breathe on his or her own, maintain circulation and have other functions remain intact. The eyes might open, and there might be response to certain external stimuli or even emotional reactions. There is no reaction to commands, nor is there speaking.