Concerns regarding energy drinks grow as the possibility that an energy caused a hole in the skull of an expectant father surfaces.
Nearly two weeks ago, a company called Endres Photography published a post on Facebook of a photo session depicting the horrifying aftermath of an expectant father’s excessive drinking of energy drinks. A little more than a week after going viral, the company deleted the post.
According to Snopes, the post told the story of a client named Brianna and what happened to her husband after consuming too many energy drinks over several years.
“After a two hour drive to the hospital, I learned that my husband, the father of my child, the person I am so deeply in love with, had had a brain hemorrhage. Why? The doctors concluded (after running his tox screen and ruling out drugs) that this horrible event was due to his recent excessive energy drink consumption (a habit he had built when he started working longer hours and commuting).”
Fox News was one of the many outlets to pick up the story after it went viral on Facebook. Unfortunately, none of the news outlets that picked up the viral story appeared to do any fact checking into whether it held any water.
In the deleted Facebook post, Brianna discussed the surgeries and the grueling recovery process that followed.
“The next day was round two of brain surgery. Following this were strokes, seizures, swelling, and more things we weren’t prepared for. There was a moment, sitting by his hospital bed, just praying he would be okay, that I knew I would never give up on him. No matter how messy our life would become. I was going to be by his side through all of it. After two weeks of living in a hospital, wondering if he would survive or be taken from us, we made our way back home. The time had come for me to deliver our baby.”
She also noted how challenging her life was with a busy growing baby and the extra needs of her husband following the hemorrhage and surgeries.
“Our life isn’t normal. There are doctors visits and hospital trips- so many that I loose count. But we are here. Fighting. I wake up every day to take care of our beautiful little boy and my husband. I prepare the meals, do physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I help him with personal hygiene. I help him walk. I help him with every aspect of his life. And in between these tasks I take care of our very busy eight month old.”
Snopes notes the biggest issue with the story is the lack of supporting evidence.
The story does not include any dates or locations regarding when or where this happened. While Snopes did reach out to several medical experts to get professional opinions on whether the story could be true, there were no responses before publishing the report.
Currently, claims that energy drinks are linked to brain hemorrhaging are nothing more than speculation based on a handful of cases. Unless the family in the photos comes forward with evidence and more to the story, there is no way to tell whether it is true. Given the original post is no longer on Facebook, most lean toward the story being untrue.
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