This isn’t something I hear of course but if I see one more dang television drama that involves a severe injury without any consequences…
For example, the show, Scorpion. Two weeks in a row now they have completely glossed over the physiological consequences of things guaranteed to cause a brain injury. An explosion very close to one of the characters? Puts him in the hospital in a coma? Check. Back in action remarkably soon (maybe weeks, tops) and back to his old strong mathematical acuity? Uh huh.
This week’s episode involved a child trapped by a rock slide and eventually suibmerged by a rising tide. Yes, an improvised perfusion device bought him some time by externally oxygenating his blood. A cool idea however reallllly improbable. Check. Alas, a problem messes up that solution and thus before the child can be rescued he’s essentially starved of oxygen for around 5 minutes under water + the time it takes to get him out from under all the rocks to an EMT. Then it takes even more time before the child comes to, does the obligatory ‘throw up the water off to the side’ and there he is, smiling for his mom and dad.
Oh, please. I wonder if shit like this contributes to the way people discount the problems brain injury survivors have to deal with for the rest of their lives. I see stuff like this over and over again. Yes, I know that an ongoing character dealing with a brain injury of any kind is not very likely to show up anywhere in our entertainment world. Several practical reasons for that but it still makes me angry.