Massachusetts woman beats the odds after suffering TBI

Like many others in Massachusetts, a Medford woman’s life was devastated after being involved in a serious car accident. The woman was 21-years-old when the accident occurred in July 2006, and she was left in a coma with broken bones and a traumatic brain injury.

Following the accident, doctors told the young woman’s parents that she only had a 10 percent chance of recovery. Since that fateful day, the young woman has worked hard at defeating the odds that were against her. She went on to finish her college degree one year after the accident, and is now writing a book about her experience.

“She’s had remarkable accomplishments for people who didn’t have a brain injury,” said the medical director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, where the woman recovered. He said the woman’s story should be shared with others in similar situations.

Each year, about 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The injuries leave many of the victims with permanent disabilities or worse yet, dead. Car accidents are one of the most common ways traumatic brain injuries occur.

This young woman’s accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. as she was driving home in her brother’s vehicle when it swerved off of the road and slammed into nearby woods. She has no recollection of the accident, or anything else that occurred three months before and after that night.

For months, the young woman worked hard to recover from her brain injury. The doctor who oversaw her rehabilitation said her recovery is “on the exceptional side,” and added that a person’s intellect, talent, drive and motivation all greatly impact their recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Certainly, this young woman must have all of those traits to have made the recovery she did.

Source: Medford Transcript, “Medford resident beats the odds with brain injury, writing book about rehab,” Nicholas Iovino, Dec. 20, 2012