Halle Berry is officially out of the hospital and on her way home to rest for the day following a minor head injury suffered while filming on a movie set. Expected to resume production shortly, her brief hospitalization looks to have been a precautionary measure.
Berry's rep told Celebuzz: "Berry suffered a minor head injury while shooting a fight sequence on the set of her film, The Hive. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but she checked out healthy and was released. She'll continue production as planned."
Unfortunately, this was not the first head injury Halle Berry has suffered while filming on action movie sets. The Wall Street Journal also reports, "In 2004, Berry also hit her head on the set of 'Catwoman,' but was not seriously wounded."
Obviously, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) side effects will be a growing concern for the actress' camp. The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke list concerns for any head injury patient as follows:
- Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.
- A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes.
- Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
- A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
Since Berry was released from the hospital fairly quickly, doctors most likely suspect the effect of the bump are mild. However, friends and family of the star as well as her personal staff should pay attention to her behavior closely in the days to come.
If Berry suffers any of the aforementioned side effects of the head injury, she should immediately report her symptoms to a doctor. If nothing else, to do so would help her establish a legal medical record of her injury for the purpose of filing an insurance claim to cover her medical expenses in the future.
As protecting the celebrity's health is paramount, inside sources close to her press camp confirm they plan to watch the star carefully the next 72 hours.