U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, discussed legislation Wednesday that would benefit children with traumatic brain injuries through a seven-year initiative known as the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) Plan.
Meehan is a cosponsor of the PABI Plan as outlined in House Resolution 2600. The resolution was introduced last month by U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J. Meehan said this legislation is important because the human brain develops until age 25 and traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of several events such as athletic activity and wartime combat.
This legislation would create a Center of Excellence in each of the 50 states along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. He said these centers would allow for the collection of records and research on traumatic brain injuries in each state and eventually form a standardized, evidence-based system.
Meehan was joined by Patrick Donohue, whose daughter, Sarah Jane Donohue, was the victim of shaken baby syndrome just five days after she was born in 2005. In October 2007, Patrick Donohue, of New York, founded The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
in an effort to gain awareness about the syndrome and traumatic brain injuries. In January 2009, the international advisory board of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation put the PABI Plan together.