According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), 12 percent of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States are attributed to firearms. At the age of 18, Tommy Little became part of this statistic when he was accidentally shot. The challenges associated with a TBI can be devastating, among them severe behavioral issues including outbursts of anger.
On a December morning in 2005, Kenny Spry was on his way to the Harley Davidson shop where he had worked as a mechanic for 16 years when his SUV hit a patch of black ice, forcing his car into a ditch. It took 7.5 hours to extract his body from the wreckage. “I thought I would always need help and would never be independent again,” recalls Kenny. “NeuroRestorative changed that.”
Unsure if Noah’s volatile behavior was due to the accident, a mental illness that had manifested itself, or teenage rebellion, he underwent numerous tests before finally being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Noah was acting out more and more, and he soon became a danger to himself, his mother and younger brother Brendan. Not long after, Noah entered NeuroRestorative Carbondale’s adolescent integration program. “It was our first glimmer of hope,” said Toni.
One morning in December of 2008 Matt Coiro was on his way to work, commuting by bicycle to his job in IT, where he had worked for 25 years. Matt’s bike suddenly hit the unmarked ledge of a storm drain on the bike path he was riding on, sending him over the handle bars and leaving him with a spinal cord injury.