Brain Injury: Jaime Correa's Story - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Jaime Correa

Age 5, Chicago, IL

RIC patient Jaime CorreaJaime Correa was an average 5-year-old boy who loved to play with his friends and ride his bike. He was always a happy kid and kept very busy. Jaime's family wondered if they would ever again see the boy they grew to know and love after he was involved in a tragic car accident. The accident caused a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and multiple other injuries requiring him to undergo a craniotomy to fix the bleeds in his brain and relieve the pressure.

“He couldn’t do anything,” said Jaime's mother. “He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t walk. He couldn’t eat or breathe on his own. He was like a newborn and had to learn everything again.”

Once stabilized, Jaime was admitted to RIC’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit where he received comprehensive care from physicians, nurses, and multiple therapists and other specialists.

Jaime made quick progress in therapy soon learning to sit up by himself, then eventually stand and take steps. He also worked on using his arms and hands to get dressed and brush his teeth – anything to help him regain his independence.

“Everyone was so great. There was a Resident that was very nice who gave my son a Bible,” said Jaime's mother. “It is still very present in my son’s mind. He says he is going to be just like Dr. Aaron when he grows up.”

Jaime continued therapy at one of RIC’s DayRehab sites of care that provide multiple therapies in an outpatient setting and Jaime continued to improve. In fact, all of Jaime's goals were accomplished.

“He is back to his old self, back to riding his bike, playing football, running around with his friends and he will start 1st grade in the fall.” said his mom.

“RIC is a great institution!”