Last week I did a list of MPs who suffered from seizures. Here’s a list of MPs who were suffering from brain damage for whatever reason — whether a genetic condition, a stroke, cancer or some other disease, a traumatic brain injury, etc. I’m probably missing some, perhaps quite a few, of these.
It’s hard for me to define brain damage for the purposes of this list. Like, one guy a cyst in his brain that was causing some cognitive impairment — but was he actually brain damaged? I left him off the list.
I did leave on a guy who had brain cancer; his tumor that actually encircled his brain, and he had exposed bone on his head, and often became confused. Brain tumors, it appears, doesn’t necessarily cause brain damage — another woman with a brain tumor was said to be functioning completely normally both physically and mentally in spite of it.
It’s all a judgment call. I didn’t automatically add someone to the list if they had seizures or a brain tumor or a brain operation. I did add a guy who had a bullet in his brain, though I don’t know how he was affected by it, since it’s kind of hard to imagine how a person could NOT be brain damaged if they get shot in the head. So I added him.