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BRAIN INJURY:

Jeremiah King's Story

Age 8, Mahomet, IL

RIC patient Jeremiah KingJeremiah was out with his family in training for a Charity 5K run when a car hit him as he crossed the street and he sustained a traumatic brain injury. After several weeks in a Champaign, IL hospital he was brought to Chicago and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

When he arrived at RIC he was unable to walk, talk, or even sit up on his own.

His integrated team of physicians, researchers and therapists in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit created a program and customized course of treatment to keep him engaged and motivated. He participated in gait training therapy, to help him relearn how to walk, on his floor as well as in the 9th floor AbilityLab™. He did swim therapy, occupational therapy to relearn how to brush his teeth and dress himself, played with Georgia the therapy dog, and found his voice again with a few words and his favorite Hulk growl.

In addition to a large and strong RIC family, Jeremiah’s parents, extended
family, and friends were instrumental in providing constant support and
inspiration.

“My first trip to RIC was filled with anxiety as I didn’t know what to expect. Now every return trip is filled with anticipation,” said Jeremiah’s Pappy.

Throughout his therapy, Jeremiah worked hard, made new friends, and started acting more and more like himself—wearing his Hulk mask around the floor and trying to scare some of his nurses. Following nine weeks of treatment, he was well enough to go home and continue his treatments at an outpatient facility.

Today he still maintains a highly involved therapy schedule, but he’s riding
tandem bikes with his dad, learning how to fly-fish, and playing like any
spirited little boy on a trampoline. His teachers are impressed as well. He just finished his first standardized tests where he scored above average in math and on par with kids his age for reading. His parents, brother and sisters, and best-buddy dog Ollie are thrilled to have him back home and have faith that his progress will continue.


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