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Aaron Hernandez's brain shows 'substantial damage': doctors

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:15

The brain of former football player Aaron Hernandez shows ''the most severe'' form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy researchers have ever seen in a person of his age, doctors say. Nathan Frandino has more.

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Doctors say former football star Aaron Hernandez - who was found dead inside a prison cell last April - suffered the worst case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, they've ever seen in a 27-year-old. The brain disease is more commonly known as CTE. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. ANN MCKEE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY CTE CENTER, SAYING: "I can say that this is substantial damage that undoubtedly took years to develop." Boston University CTE Center researchers diagnosed the New England Patriots tight end after his suicide in jail where he was serving a life sentence for murder. CTE is linked to repeated head trauma and can lead to aggression and dementia. Dr. Ann McKee says she can't say whether the CTE contributed to Hernandez's crime. But she does say that his frontal lobe, which is responsible for decision making, judgment and cognition, was damaged. Slides also showed damage to the brain's inner chambers and the septum...damage never before seen in someone of Hernandez's age. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. ANN MCKEE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY CTE CENTER, SAYING: "This would be the first case that we've ever seen that kind of damage in such a young individual." The Hernandez family is currently suing the NFL, accusing the league of failing to warn the former tight-end about the sport's dangers. The NFL has vowed to fight to suit.

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Aaron Hernandez's brain shows 'substantial damage': doctors

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:15