Dr. Terry says her trauma team may conduct a study due to the volume of child abuse cases that they see, citing how rampant the issue is in the community.
According to KSAT, Dr. Terry operates on three to four children with brain damage due to physical abuse every month. She says they can tell when damage to the brain is due to an accident, such as failing out of the crib or hitting their head during a fall, or due to a case of abuse.
Brain scans will show appearance of old blood, a sign of repeated abuse to the head.
Although she can save lives, Dr. Terry wants to remind everyone that the damage that is inflicted on children’s brains can be forever, reports KSAT. For example, damage to the brain can cause vision, speaking, and walking problems during the child’s entire life.
According to KSAT, Dr. Terry hopes she can educate people about these devastating effects of physical abuse and prevent future incidents.
According to Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX),