In Tennessee, Shannon Comeau is charged with aggravated child abuse for the severe injuries her infant son has sustained. The baby boy is in critical condition at T.C Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga. Physicians are not sure the infant will survive the brain trauma. On Sunday, October 26th, the baby had been evaluated for flu-like symptoms and later released. Later on Sunday, the baby was re-evaluated and admitted to the hospital. After the admission, the infant’s condition continued to deteriorate until he stopped breathing. At that time, physicians discovered brain trauma, a skull fracture and retinal hemorrhages.    

Anytime an infant presents with a change in neurological status, vomiting and poor appetite, head injury needs to be ruled out. Brain trauma may resemble flu-like symptoms. The retinas need to be visualized to assess for retinal hemorrhages. A thorough neurological evaluation needs to be completed in these cases
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Gayle 11/17/2008 01:47 PM
I just want to clarify that this child was evaluated first at an outlying community hospital and treated for flu-like symptoms. Once his condition deteriorated and he stopped breathing, he was then airlifted to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital. It was there that the physicians discovered the brain trauma.
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