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Brain injury victim prepares to graduate

The brain is a delicate thing and even a small knock to the head can have long-term repercussions. It is easy to forget this though, especially with all the falls and accidents that happen every day in Maryland. Brain injuries are a serious matter, however, and one that is given too little attention. They can leave people permanently changed or even in need of constant care. Nevertheless, survivors often make remarkable progress in spite of their injuries.

One heart-warming example of this is a 22-year-old brain injury survivor in Wyoming who is preparing to graduate, eight years after the accident that changed his life. At 14 years old, he had crept out of his mother's house to skateboard with his friend. As he crossed the road, a 16-year-old driver ran a red light, hitting him and sending him hurtling 25 feet away. He suffered brain swelling and was kept in an induced coma for two and a half weeks.

He still has a scar behind his ear from a procedure designed to halt a spinal fluid leak. The brain injury left him unable to perform many routine tasks which he has since had to relearn. He struggles to read and often forgets information such as names. He even dropped out of high school twice. Nevertheless, he has pressed on and is about to receive his certificate for his high school equivalency course.

Held back by severe mood swings and difficult thoughts that often left him in a state of depression, it has been a long road. Determination and the support of his family have been invaluable. He now hopes to take some courses at his local college and is considering training to be a welder.

He may live in another state, but this young man's example can inspire residents of Maryland. If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, the future may seem fraught with uncertainties. Medical care can be expensive, especially if it needs to be a permanent arrangement. An attorney may be able to help you through this by aiding you in claiming on your insurance. If your injuries were caused by someone else's irresponsible action, you might also be able to seek compensatory damages.

Source: News Observer, "Brain injury survivor walks again _ to graduate," Leah Todd, May 11, 2014

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