Charlie was only 18 years old. A positive, determined young man who now faced an uncertain future. However, it may be that positive, adventurous spirit that saved Charlie’s life.
“I remember feeling rather safe,” Charlie says now as he reflects upon his time at the hospital in California. “I knew I was in the hospital. My parents told me that if I did what the doctors told me, I would get better.”
So that’s exactly what he did.
After nearly two months of acute inpatient rehabilitation in California, Charlie’s condition stabilized enough to allow him to move back home to Kalamazoo, MI. It was then that he met his new treatment team at Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation.
Despite the progress made in California, Charlie still faced significant obstacles: he struggled with balance and cognition, he was no longer able to safely perform activities of daily living such as cooking or driving, and facial fractures left him blind in one eye. Plus, he had to wear a helmet to protect the area of his head where his skull was removed to accommodate brain swelling.
But, it was his lack of memory that Charlie recalls being the most challenging consequence of his accident.