Last week, news sources around the globe reported that Israeli leader Ariel Sharon was transported to emergency care due to kidney failure–troubling news that also coincides with continued conflicts between Israel and Lebanon. One has to wonder what course history may have taken had one small stroke never occurred.
Although Ariel Sharon’s predicament is more dire than ever, his brain injury should be a reminder of just how far-reaching a catastrophic injury can be. When a TBI occurs within a small family unit, the effects reverberate through every aspect of life, and often spread out to individuals who never anticipated that a brain injury could affect them so deeply. Ariel Sharon’s TBI should create a greater awareness of the social implications of TBI, but like most other survivors, his condition continues to be kept under wraps.