Did Energy Drinks Really Leave Hole In Man's Skull As Wife Gave Birth?

Lorenzo Tanos

Can excessive consumption of energy drinks cause someone to have a hole in their skull? That's the claim being made by a woman whose husband supposedly lost part of his skull after suffering an energy drink-related brain hemorrhage just as she was preparing to give birth.

A report from Yahoo News (via AOL) cited a post on the Endres Photography Facebook page from earlier this month, where a woman simply identified as Brianna related the heartbreaking challenges she had recently faced while expecting her first child with her husband Austin.

"Being pregnant is supposed to be one of the most amazing journeys you will ever embark on. You're creating a new life. You are experiencing unconditional love for someone you have not even met. Austin and I were so excited to meet our little boy. To bring him home. To be a family."

After multiple rounds of life-saving brain surgery and further health events that Brianna said she and her family "weren't prepared for," Austin had somehow cheated death, waking up just as his wife delivered their son. According to Brianna, Austin finally got to meet their baby boy when he was 2-months-old, and while he has already returned home, he requires constant care from his wife.

"Our life isn't normal. There are doctors visits and hospital trips- so many that I loose [sic] 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."

On the other hand, Snopes cited existing "medical literature" in saying that such health events could happen – it is "plausible but unlikely" that excessive energy drink consumption could result in a hole in one's skull. It is possible that energy drinks could cause brain hemorrhages, as caffeine constricts the blood vessels and increases blood pressure, which could, in turn, increase the risk of a brain hemorrhage. However, Snopes added that studies have yielded conflicting information regarding the possibility of such events.

"Without additional information, it is impossible to know if doctors did indeed diagnose a man named Austin with a brain hemorrhage, if they attributed the hemorrhage to an energy drink, and if they were correct in doing so," Snopes concluded.

"If events did indeed occur this way, they would be — based on the scientific literature — extremely rare."

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