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79 yrs, Would it take some time for speech to come back ?

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Hi there. Early Saturday morning (around 4.00am) my grandmother who is 79 suffered a cardiac arrest. She was already in hospital as she was having breathing difficulties. They resuscitated her and bought her back, but said she would not survive the next 24 hours. Now, its day 4.. and shes still here. They decided not to put her on life support as they said it would be too much trauma and be uncomfortable, so they just gave her full oxygen (given my a mask and tube) They lifted the sedation 2 days ago and she began coming round (opening her eyes & moving her head) they have reduced the oxygen down to very little now and say her breathing is OK.. however, to me it looks as if she may have suffered brain damage. She is trying to talk but cant (making loud groaning sounds) she focuses to light and i think she may have smiled at me. She moves her legs and head, but will not squeeze my hand. They have given her a ct scan but said that it would take 3-7 days for scarring to show up.
The question i am asking is, does anyone think that there is hope for her? No one has signified that there is any brain damage. Would it take some time for speech to come back ?


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replied March 26th, 2014
Brain and Head Injuries Answer A46376
Hello, thank you for consulting e-health forum. Considering she is rapidly improving, she might recover her brain function pretty well over the next a few weeks. Her overall prognosis will eventually depend on the cause of her cardiac arrest. By Andre Strizhak, MD


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