Turning on the nightly news, more often than not, can leave a viewer depressed. It often seems that viewers are bombarded with story after story involving death, violence, injuries and bad things going on with the world. While it is of course important to recognize all the bad things that do go on, it can be refreshing to hear a good story now and then.
Victims of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, are often left with long-term or life-long disabilities or hurdles to deal with. Often, the victim is left with a catastrophic injury, as was the case for a 25 year old from Anderson, California who suffered a traumatic brain injury including a diffused axonal injury, known as a TBIDAI. After the injury, the victim spent 64 days in a coma over his next four months. And the prognosis was not good, with doctors stating that walking again would be nearly impossible.
The young man is now defying the odds however. Since returning home in a wheelchair, he decided that he wanted to continue to stay physically active. He slowly but surely progressed from doing pull ups to leg presses to rope training and other forms of intense exercise. “All I’m trying to do is inspire people, it doesn’t matter how messed up you are if you really want to walk and talk then you can. It just takes a lot of hard work,” he said, working to not only improve his own condition but encourage others along the way.
While every situation is different and there are varying degrees of severity when it comes to traumatic brain injuries, it is nice to hear of the occasional story of a victim beating the odds. While a TBI victim is focusing his or her efforts recovering, it may be in their best interests to let a law professional deal with the legal side of the issue, whether it was due to a medical error, a medication dosage error, or inadequate monitoring that led to the initial injury.
Source: KRCR News, “25-year-old overcomes traumatic brain injury,” By Noelle Medina, Feb. 6, 2017