While traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) can both be catastrophic injuries that can cause severe impairments for victims, it is important for patients to remember that recovery does happen and they should keep up hope and continue moving forward whenever possible. With the right medical treatment and rehabilitation program, there have been many inspirational success stories of TBI and SCI victims moving forward to conquer their dreams. The following are only a few examples of these brave injury victims.
When Taylor Hale was in 9th grade, she sustained a devastating TBI in a car accident. Taylor was in a medically-induced coma and was on life support and her parents feared she would never wake up. However, after a visit with a chiropractor, Taylor inexplicably began breathing on her own again once removed from life support. Instead of saying goodbye, her parents and doctors watched her thrive in her subsequent recovery and was talking and moving around within five weeks. She went on to graduate from high school in 2015 despite almost dying from her TBI.
In 1974, then 21-year-old Pat Rummerfield was in a drunk driving accident that left him with multiple spinal cord injuries, among other life-threatening injuries. He was diagnosed as quadriplegic–or paralyzed completely from the neck down. While doctors at the time suggested he be placed in convalescent home, Pat disagreed and went through years of highly intense rehabilitation, moving on to become the first known quadriplegic to fully recover physical mobility. He has completed marathons, Ironman triathlons, and has set records as a race-car driver. He also has become an advocate for spinal cord injury research and recovery.
In 2014, many fans were shocked to learn that comedian Tracy Morgan was in a two week-long coma with a severe brain injury after a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit his limo. While Morgan remained out of the public view for more than a year, fans and doctors alike wondered if his brain injury would prevent him from ever returning to comedy. However, in the fall of 2015, Morgan returned to the very public stage to successfully host Saturday Night Live and media called his return “triumphant”.
The above stories are only a few examples of the triumphs that can be made in recovery from TBI and SCI. If you have sustained these serious injuries, please do not hesitate to consult with the dedicated Las Vegas injury attorneys at the Ladah Law Firm, PLLC today.