April slated as HIE awareness month

Proclamation for HIE Awareness month signed.

Two to three of every 1,000 births are impacted by Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).

Selmer City Mayor John Smith signed a proclamation on April 26th making the month of April Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) awareness month. Tennessee State Representative Ron Gant and the Tennessee House of Representatives also signed a proclamation on April 20th.

Many people suffer from the symptoms of HIE but have no idea about what it is. HIE is a type of brain injury that occurs when a person has their blood flow or oxygen supply to the brain interrupted. 

Babies born with HIE are generally extremely ill and many qualify for treatment called therapeutic hypothermic cooling. This lowers the body temperature of the infant to around 91 degrees Fahrenheit Slowing the chain reaction in the brain to help minimize brain damage.

Situations such as placental abruption, uterine rupture, cord compression, cord issues (such as a true knot) can cause HIE. Young children suffering from near SIDS events, near drowning, cardiac arrest and other ways of restricting blood or oxygen to the brain can also result in HIE.

HIE can affect children in different ways. Some children may suffer little to no affect, however in the most serious of cases it can cause loss of life.

Organizations such as Hope for HIE are working to raise awareness of this type of brain injury and to educate and support families that are in need and have been impacted by HIE.

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