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Why Global Neuro

A patient’s story

Country: Colombia
Patient: Danilo Pechene
AGE: 33 Years Old

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Danilo Pechene with Raúl Echeverrí— Global Neuro faculty

Danilo Pechene is a father of two young children living in a rural community one hour and a half drive from the urban area of Cali. He works as an operator of milking equipment in a dairy farm. He had an accident that could have ended his life. On September 8, 2019, when he was leaving his work on his motorcycle, he was involved in a traffic accident and suffered a severe TBI with acute subdural hematoma and great cerebral edema (figure 1). He was transferred to the San Fernando Clinic—a specialized center in neurotrauma and neurocritical care— where he was cared for by a team of neurosurgeons led by Raúl Echeverrí— Global Neuro faculty. A decompressive craniectomy was performed in order to reduce the pressure inside the skull, evacuate the bruises and give the edematized brain the possibility of recovering from the injury (figure 2). Due to a favorable clinical evolution and after having overcome the acute inflammatory phase of brain tissue (figure 3), in October it was possible to perform cranioplasty surgery to repair the bone defect caused by primary cranial decompression (figure 4).

Global Neuro plays a fundamental role in providing training in this type of procedures to neurosurgeons. Because of continuous education provided by Global Neuro, it is possible to give patients with limited resources like Danilo, the opportunity to receive the necessary care in a timely manner. If the decompressive craniectomy had not been performed, cerebral edema and hematomas would have favored the progressive increase of intracranial pressure, causing the death of the patient due to cerebral interlocking, with no chance of survival.

Currently Danilo is living a normal life, back to work, without functional limitations and with a favorable clinical evolution.

There are many stories like this, not only at the San Fernando Clinic (where on average 30 similar surgeries are performed every year), but all over the world. Global Neuro is giving patients the opportunity to receive the appropriate and timely treatment they need.

TBI is the main cause of disability in young populations worldwide. And in Latin America, TBI is one of the leading causes of death due to traffic accidents. Colombia does not escape this reality. Cali is one of the cities with the highest incidence of traffic accidents in all of Colombia.

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Danilo Pechene with Raúl Echeverrí— Global Neuro faculty
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Danilo Pechene is a father of two young children living in a rural community one hour and a half drive from the urban area of Cali. He works as an operator of milking equipment in a dairy farm. He had an accident that could have ended his life. On September 8, 2019, when he was leaving his work on his motorcycle, he was involved in a traffic accident and suffered a severe TBI with acute subdural hematoma and great cerebral edema (figure 1). He was transferred to the San Fernando Clinic—a specialized center in neurotrauma and neurocritical care— where he was cared for by a team of neurosurgeons led by Raúl Echeverrí— Global Neuro faculty. A decompressive craniectomy was performed in order to reduce the pressure inside the skull, evacuate the bruises and give the edematized brain the possibility of recovering from the injury (figure 2). Due to a favorable clinical evolution and after having overcome the acute inflammatory phase of brain tissue (figure 3), in October it was possible to perform cranioplasty surgery to repair the bone defect caused by primary cranial decompression (figure 4).

Brain Scan Figure 1a Brain Scan Figure 1b
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Brain Scan Figure 2a Brain Scan Figure 2b
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Brain Scan Figure 03a Brain Scan Figure 03b
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Brain Scan Figure 04a Brain Scan Figure 04b
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Global Neuro plays a fundamental role in providing training in this type of procedures to neurosurgeons. Because of continuous education provided by Global Neuro, it is possible to give patients with limited resources like Danilo, the opportunity to receive the necessary care in a timely manner. If the decompressive craniectomy had not been performed, cerebral edema and hematomas would have favored the progressive increase of intracranial pressure, causing the death of the patient due to cerebral interlocking, with no chance of survival.

Currently Danilo is living a normal life, back to work, without functional limitations and with a favorable clinical evolution.

There are many stories like this, not only at the San Fernando Clinic (where on average 30 similar surgeries are performed every year), but all over the world. Global Neuro is giving patients the opportunity to receive the appropriate and timely treatment they need.

TBI is the main cause of disability in young populations worldwide. And in Latin America, TBI is one of the leading causes of death due to traffic accidents. Colombia does not escape this reality. Cali is one of the cities with the highest incidence of traffic accidents in all of Colombia.

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