Anoxic Brain Injury
An anoxic brain injury occurs when the cells of the brain are deprived of oxygen. The term comes from the name “anoxia,” which means “without oxygen.” All cells, including those in the brain, require oxygen to survive. Oxygen powers nearly all functions within the cells. Without this oxygen, the cells are not able to perform the tasks that are necessary to sustain life. Therefore, the cells of the brain will start to die.