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Texas teen suffers brain injury after using synthetic marijuana

A Texas family is urging others to beware of synthetic marijuana after their teenage daughter suffered a severe brain injury. Back in December, their daughter began to exhibit strange behavior and complained of a severe migraine. The family called for medical help, but she took a turn for the worse and was transported to another hospital after suffering from several massive strokes. Although the teen is still alive, the brain injury could still cut her life short.

The damage to the teenager's brain is considered to be extensive, and the family made the difficult decision to turn off her life support. The teenager is still alive but is unable to walk or take care of herself. The brain injury also resulted in blindness. On a positive note, she has been able to remember her parents and can engage in limited dialogue.

The teen's father later found out his daughter was using synthetic marijuana she had bought at a store close to their home. He is hopeful they can transfer their daughter to begin physical rehabilitation soon, but he is unsure whether he will ever have his daughter back to the way she was. He stated the brain injury has caused her to revert to a child-like stage, and he will have to raise her again.

Although these products are generally sold under the guise of incense and typically contain a warning label about consuming the product, some Texas teens and others across the country often use it the same way they would use other illegal drugs. There have been numerous reports of injuries and deaths across the country linked to these products, and lawmakers across the country have continually sought to outlaw both the ingredients used inside of it and synthetic marijuana as a whole. Parents whose children suffer a brain injury after consuming this type of product may have the right to pursue legal action against the company by claiming manufacturers should have known the products were being used in an unsafe manner. In this case, the daughter will require lengthy, possibly permanent medical care, and the health care costs are likely astronomical. A successful claim could result in a monetary award to alleviate much of the financial burden now and in the future.

Source: khou.com, "Family issues warning after teen suffers severe brain damage from synthetic marijuana," Kevin Reece, Jan. 9, 2013

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