What occurred the night of Christmas 1990 was the last thing Al Bober anticipated. Instead of relaxing at his father’s Chicago home with his family, Al collapsed by a gas pump with a leaking brain aneurysm and immense head pain. “It was like somebody hit me with a sledgehammer,” Al said. He laid in the [...]
Category Archive for 'TBI'
Jim Johnson shares his daughter’s on-going journey after suffering a traumatic brain injury. This is her story. Erin enjoyed being with her friends and listening to music. In the summer of 2005, before her accident, Erin loved gel bracelets. Erin was a vibrant, yet stubborn, independent teenager. She played the violin and clarinet, and loved [...]
It was the click she didn’t hear that turned Tammy Helton’s life upside down. Last July 9, Tammy hopped into her Jeep to head to the home in Twin Lakes that she shared with her husband, Mike, and the youngest of their three children. The music was cranked, and Tammy doesn’t remember hearing the click [...]
By Mary Free Bed intern, Molly Cartwright For Eric De Ryke, learning to drive again was a triumph. His family and doctors thought so, too, since just five months ago they expected him to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Today, Eric is able to walk, drive, and do his own [...]
by Linda Truong, Mary Free Bed writer In 1999, a propane truck smashed into Pete Cook’s car leaving him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). An emergency medical technician witnessed the accident and came to Pete’s rescue, caring for him until a trauma team arrived. Pete was airlifted by helicopter to Spectrum Hospital in Grand [...]
In January, Jan Levering took her kids sledding after working two 12-hour shifts as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse. Exhausted, she decided to take one run down the sledding hill before sleeping in the car. Half-way down the hill, the sled turned 90 degrees and launched Jan 3 feet in the air. She [...]
Camden Grisby, just 14 years old, sustained a concussion from a serious snowboarding accident. Camden was successfully treated at Mary Free Bed’s Post-Concussion Program.
Sarah Rapaport, just 5 days shy of her 30 birthday, suffered a life-altering stroke. While she’s made a remarkable recovery, Sarah had to re-learn how to do many everyday tasks. Her rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed included physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as driver rehabilitation. Today, Sarah finds encouragement and community through Mary [...]
by Kate Snider, Mary Free Bed writer “Ten percent of life is what happens to you, the other 90 percent is how you react to what happens,” said Travis Zinger as he recalled what he learned during rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (MFB). On a snowy day in December 1993, Travis, then 13 [...]