Brain Injury Recovery
Kurtis suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on March 6, 2009.
He was 22 at the time, attending college in Lake Tahoe, where he also worked at a hotel. He is an avid snowboarder and plays both the saxophone and drums in a band. Kurtis was well on his way to an accounting degree.
Mary, Kurtis’ mother, is a single parent working hard to pay for Kurtis’ rehab. Kurtis’ older brother, Kyle, died ten years ago at the age of 16. He was killed by a drunk driver while walking down the street. He didn’t get the second chance Kurtis has.
Kurtis’ TBI is multiple. While horsing around with a friend he fell, hit his head, was deprived of oxygen and two days later his brain swelled. Kurtis faces a lengthy recovery, but his young brain is resilient!
When Kurtis started HBOT, he wasn’t very alert to his surroundings, he was fixated completely on his right side, and he had trouble sleeping, moving his limbs and responding to requests. After a round of HBOT, Kurtis can focus on people in any direction, he sleeps better, and responds to requests using simple sign language. HBOT has caused Kurtis’ physicians and family to see unexpected change—but he needs more treatment to provide his brain with healing oxygen. Let’s help him keep that new smile on his face!