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Daniel Brett loved the game of football. Even as his football career began at the age of eleven, Daniel’s dream was to play for the University of Miami Hurricane. He was tough and versatile playing offense, defense and special teams, rarely leaving the field.
He loved it and was good at it.
Daniel suffered a number of concussions during his young playing career, but never complained. He never told anyone he was hurt until August 24, 2009.
Daniel never told anyone – neither coaches nor his parents – how many times he got hit in the head, was sick, dizzy, and had headaches. A Tylenol here and there was all he asked for.
Eventually he was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.
Nothing helped his chronic headaches, growing depression, sluggishness, nor his apathy. Daniel’s value judgment and behavior deteriorated as he tried in vain to alleviate his pain through self-medication.
Daniel took his own life in May 2011 as a result of the several disabilities resulting from his brain injury.
Dealing with a child with post-concussion syndrome doesn’t come in the parents manual for kids.
Diana Brett joins us in conversation to share her family’s story with others to raise parental awareness. Listen or call in LIVE on Wednesday April 17 @ 7PM EST at BEYONDtheCheers on blogtalkradio. Dial-in TOLL FREE 1-877-357-2448 in Canada and United States to ask a question, or email in advance.
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