Hey Aunty! First of all, I wanted to say thanks for how helpful this blog is :3 Second, I have a question that has been bothering me for some time: because of reasons, MC is knocked out and she remains 4 hours inconscious. What I wanted to know is: is that realistic? Would that fall into the coma label? Thanks in advance!
Hey there anon!
Yes, your main character could be unconscious for 4 hours from a head injury. Yes, it would be considered a coma.
But if you choose to have your character unconscious for that long – for longer than a minute or two, generally – there need to be significant neurological consequences in order to maintain realism.
brainline.org is a great site for traumatic brain injuries, but here’s a quick and nasty run-down on what your character may have to deal with once they wake up:
- Cognitive deficits
- Memory loss (being wholly or partly unable to store short-term memory after the event is very common)
- Possibly behavioral changes / personality changes
- Difficulty walking / ataxia
Best of luck.